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Sustainable Food recipes: Veggie BLT

Veggie "BLT"

I recently wrote a Sustainable Food Beginner’s Guide for MindBodyGreen, so check it out!

Here’s an easy plant-based recipe I wanted to share that I make often, a Veggie BLT that’s really a TKT – Tempeh Kale Tomato sandwich to substitute the traditional fatty, nutritionally lame bacon, lettuce, and tomato. I hope you try it!

Smoky Tempeh Strips

  • I use tempeh strips from Lightlife with a slight meaty flavor in my sandwiches at least once a week. Tempeh is one of the healthiest ways to eat your soy (along with miso and organic edamame). Since it’s fermented, live, healthy bacteria have already begun the digestion process for you and help build and maintain a healthy gut. High in protein, fiber, and low in cholesterol and fat, tempeh is one of the best plant-based proteins you can eat. This product in particular comes with a smoky flavor and goes so well with Portobello mushrooms, veggies, bread or pasta.

Email vera@nourishthespirit.com and I should have some Lightlife coupons for you to get some of your own

  • Adding Dino kale adds so many vitamins and minerals. It’s actually healthiest lightly steamed.
  • Sundried tomatoes. They have so much flavor and carry a lower carbon footprint than hothouse tomatoes, which take substantial energy to grow. Just reconstitute them in some water or olive oil and you’re good to go.
  • Add some pickles on the side – more fermented, healthy bacteria goodness! Yum. I’m hooked on ones from Trader Joe’s.
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2 Responses to “Sustainable Food recipes: Veggie BLT”

  1. sam Says:

    hi. thanks for the recipe!

    i used to get the smoky tempeh but it was getting to be too pricey (the prince per lb is quite a bit more than for regular tempeh). i found this recipe for making your own, it really works (liquid smoke is a must! you can easily pick some up at whole foods):

    Tempeh Bacon, Vegan Facon

    8 ounces soy tempeh
    3 Tbsp maple or agave syrup
    1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
    4 tsp liquid smoke
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    *if you don’t have liquid smoke use these BBQ spice combos:
    (garlic, pepper, paprika and onion)

    To make:

    1. Very thinly slice the tempeh, as thin as you can slice it without it falling apart.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a shallow dish.
    3. Soak tempeh in marinade for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Turn saute pan on high, add 1-2 tsp olive oil. Lay the tempeh flat on skillet. One layer only. Drizzle a bit of excess marinade onto skillet-it should be sizzling a lot now.
    5. Allow to cook for 1 minute, then flip. Allow to cook for another minute on other side-or until both sides are crisp and browned.
    6. Lay cooked tempeh on parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle with black pepper and thick sea salt to taste.

    * For a crisper tempeh bacon, do not pour excess marinade in skillet, and allow all liquid to steam off of pan while cooking.

    the recipe is from lunchbox.com

  2. Vera Says:

    I picked up some Liquid Smoke to try your recipe, thank you! Have yet to learn what it is exactly, no ingredients listed in bottle I bought at Whole Foods.

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