Sweet and Sour Tempeh and Vegetables

"This recipe is from member Elizabeth Harbron's profile which was featured in our June/July 2001 newsletter. She adapted it from a recipe in Vegetarian Times."
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  • Preheat broiler.
  • Halve tempeh crosswise, then lengthwise.
  • Mix ginger and garlic with half the oil, half the tamari, and the 1/4 cup water.
  • Coat tempeh in mixture.
  • Broil close to heat, turning until each side is golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Cut into 1/2-inch squares.
  • Heat remaining oil over low heat.
  • Saute red pepper flakes and onions until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add carrots and saute 1 minute more.
  • Add celery and saute 1 minute more.
  • Add bell peppers, saute 1 minute more.
  • Add corn and saute, covered, on low heat until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix vinegar, syrup, remaining tamari, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add reserved tempeh and sauce to vegetables.
  • Simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix arrowroot with 2 1/2 T. water.
  • Add arrowroot mixture and simmer to thicken, 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve over rice, if desired.

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  1. Wonderful! I did add pineapple and forgot to pick up arrowroot, had to substitute cornstarch, which worked out just fine. This one is definitely a keeper!
  2. I made this exactly as written. I really liked it a lot and will make it again with a couple tweaks. I thought it a bit too sweet, so I'll try only 1/4 cup maple syrup; and add a 1/2 tsp. sea salt. I like onions so as a personal preference, I'd add an additional small onion - quartered. I loved that the vegetables were crunchy-done and there was a good amount of sauce. If I'm out of tempeh, I think firm tofu would be a good stand-in. Thanks for posting this recipe! I will make it again.
  3. Definitely 5 stars! This was my first experience with Tempeh and I must say it was a great one. The recipe is perfect the way it is, but I can see where pineapple chunks would compliment it very well. Thank you for a keeper!
  4. Very good and will make again
  5. This was delicious. My kids and husband loved it as well. I added pineapple chunks, and used pineapple juice rather than water, which worked well. I also used cornstarch rather than arrowroot. Thanks for the recipe!


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