April 17, 2013

That Vegan Thing: Alternative satisfies fans of pulled pork

By JEFF PETERSON

So you are exploring the possibility of going vegan or at least trying a few things. Well, here is a great way to start when it comes to lunch.

When we first made the switch to no animal products, we were looking for meals that were basically replacements for some our favorites.

Just because we don't eat meat any more didn't mean we couldn't enjoy one of our all-time favorite meals -- pulled pork sandwiches.

This is a really easy recipe, and it is delicious and very healthy. The best thing about it is that it looks, smells and tastes like the real thing. Our older children just ate it without any questions.

We have also given this recipe to many friends and family members and it has received glowing reviews.

Instead of pork, you use tempeh, one of the staples of a vegan diet. It is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty. You can find it in the produce section of your grocery store.

It is very high in protein and calcium and has a textured and nutty flavor.

However, once you soak it in your favorite barbecue sauce, the textured, nutty flavor will disappear.

Great meal if you are in a hurry, because it only takes about15 minutes to prepare. Give it a try and enjoy that vegan thing.

VEGAN PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

1 cup barbecue sauce, your choice

1 (8 ounce) package tempeh, crumbled

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

4 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split and toasted with vegan butter (we used Earth Balance)

Serves 4 to 6, depending on how much you put on the rolls.

Pour the barbecue sauce into a medium bowl.

Crumble the tempeh into the sauce, and let it marinate a little, about 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the red and green peppers and the onion.

Cook, stirring frequently until tender.

Stir in the tempeh and barbecue sauce, and heat through. Spoon the tempeh mixture onto rolls and serve.

Jeff Peterson anchors the 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. news on WGME-TV and is a vegan.

 

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