Tempeh makes the world go round…

Or at least keeps YOU moving!

For some people, broken hearts mean dangling limply off the side of the bed and crying your eyes out… or just staring blankly into nothingness.

Tempeh is too exciting to keep you stagnant. Pick a tempeh recipe to try during your first days of broken heartedness. I got this one from Tempting Tempeh by Emily Clark – Tempeh Sausage Rolls with Italian Salsa. I had some old phyllo dough in the freezer so I used that instead of puff pastry. Puff Pastry is easier and tastier, but phyllo doesn’t have the trans fat.

Sauted Crumbled Tempeh with onions, sage, marjoram and thyme

Tempeh logs - mushin' em and formin' em are fun!

Tempeh logs ready to be rolled on phyllo sheets

Old phyllo dough makes a big mess!

Finished sausage rolls with "salsa"

Tempeh Sausage Rolls with Italian Salsa

2 puff pastry sheets
2 tb olive oil
1 large onion, diced
600 g tempeh, grated (about 2 blocks)
2 tb water
2 tb soy sauce or tamari
1/2 tsp each of sage, marjoram, thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c soymilk

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Heat oil in pan and cook onion until soft.
3. Add tempeh and fry for 2 minutes. Add water, soy sauce and spices until soaked into tempeh. Cool 10 minutes.
4. Form tempeh into sausages the length of the pastry and 2 cm in diameter.
5. Cut pastry in half so you have 4 rectangles.
6. Place a sausage in the middle of the pastry and then fold over each side of the pastry. Press lightly to seal and then cut the roll in half to make large sausage rolls or cut in smaller pieces to make finger foods.
7. Places sausage rolls seam side down on greased cookie sheets leaving enough space for the pastry to expand (if you use phyllo dough like me there will not be any expanding going on.)
8. Brush lightly with soymilk and bake 15 min until golden brown. Serve with salsa below.

Salsa:
3 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 small red onion, roughly chopped
1/4 c fresh basil, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tb salt
1/2 tsp sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Place ingredients in processor and pulse for 5 seconds.

I served with left over coleslaw but for the life of me I can’t remember where it came from! I don’t like to leave left overs 🙂

Broken Heart Vegan Tip #2:  It’s ok to cry. Funilly enough my ex told me this a week before I got the dump. Apparently it’s even ok to cry in public, but I’m still not too sure about this! Whatever you do, if you feel like letting those tears flow then do it! Make room in your life to let out these emotions.

Broken Heart Song #2

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April 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . entree.

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