Tempeh replaces ground meat in this classic slowly-cooked Italian sauce. If you have never tried tempeh, it tastes similar to tofu but starchy and has a nutty flavor. Tempeh is fermented whole soybeans and is considered a super food. To reap the nutritional benefits of this super food, make sure you read the ingredients label and buy organic tempeh.
1. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, oregano, and garlic, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until vegetables are browned, stirring often.
2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 1/2 tsp. oil in separate skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh, and brown 2 minutes on each side. Add soy sauce and 1/2 cup water. Cook tempeh 5 minutes more, or until liquid has absorbed. Break tempeh into small crumbles with spatula.
3. Stir tempeh, tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce into onion mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk, and simmer 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Makes 4 servings
Recipe by: Vegetarian Times