Tempeh Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Serves: 4-5
  • avocado oil or other oil of choice
  • 1 yellow onion - sliced
  • sea salt
  • 2 red and/or orange bell peppers - cored and sliced
  • splash of beer (optional)
  • 2 8 oz packages of tempeh - crumbled
  • tamari - to taste
  • maple syrup - to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage (or use dried sage)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of smoked salt (totally optional)
  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a pour of oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and saute for 1-2 minutes to give the onions a head start. Add the peppers and another pinch of salt, and saute for about 5 minutes, until starting to soften. Add a splash of beer, if using, and let it cook off for 1-2 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover the pan, and let the onions and peppers stew for 20 minutes, or until soft and melted. If your pan gets too dry, add a splash of water.
  2. Meanwhile, put the crumbled tempeh in a bowl and drizzle some tamari and maple syrup over it. Mix to coat and let sit. Gather all your spices for the tempeh sausage by measuring them out into one bowl: garlic, sage, tomato paste, coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried thyme, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and smoked salt, if using.
  3. Once the onions and peppers are done cooking, remove them from the pan and set aside for now. Add more oil to the pan. Add the tempeh and stir to coat it in the oil. Press the tempeh into the pan in one even layer and let brown undisturbed for about 3 minutes. Stir the tempeh, press it into the pan again, and keep cooking until mostly golden brown. Stir in the prepared spice mix and cook the tempeh for another 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Taste for salt and spices and adjust if needed. Add the onions and peppers back in, stir to incorporate, and let everything warm through together. Enjoy the sausage as is or on sandwiches, over rice, etc.
Recipe by Golubka Kitchen at https://golubkakitchen.com/plant-based-pantry-meals-weve-been-cooking-pt-1/