Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tempeh, Spinach, and Tomato Sandwich

The warm weather is here! Along with it has come lots of work and until our 2014 OutDoor Project is done we will continue to be busy. It doesn't help that I also decided to start painting our kitchen/dining/living room. Yep, apparently we feel like we need to have 5 projects going on at once for it to feel normal around here.
Working Hard

Mark has been hard at work on the deck and it is going very well. With him being busy doing that after work I had to come up with some quick dinners that I could make when I got home from the office. Mark usually makes dinner those nights. 

To me an easy dinner means sandwiches. Something that I can whip together in 15 minutes flat. The sandwich that I loved having for dinner when I was little was a BLT. I mean really who doesn't love bacon? We do eat bacon occasionally once every 6 months because the nitrate free bacon is really expensive. Also, bacon really does not fall into the healthy food category, but the occasional is OK category.
Ashlyn likes her deconstructed.

This is my way of being able to eat bacon more than every 6 months. This really is one of our families favorite recipes. Ashlyn loves it, downright asks for it all the time and gets a big smile on her face when she finds out this is what is for dinner. This really is my kind of dinner; fast, simple, and something my entire family eats without a battle.

Tempeh, Spinach, and Tomato Sandwich
-this makes enough tempeh for 4-5 sandwiches

8 oz Tempeh
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 c reduced sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
1 Tbs Worcestershire
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
Baby Spinach
Tomatoes sliced
Bread, toasted
Mayo (optional)

-Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat to medium.
-Slice your Tempeh into 1/4 inch strips.
-Once the oil is hot place your tempeh strips into the pan. Watch out the oil may splatter. Cook until golden brown on one side then flip.
-While the tempeh is cooking whisk together the tamari, Worcestershire, and liquid smoke.
-Once the tempeh is golden brown on both sides add your tamari mixture to the pan. The mixture should boil up right away.
-After about a minute flip the tempeh over so it gets covered in the mixture.
-Once the mixture is absorbed remove the pan from the heat.
-Assemble your sandwich by placing mayo on the toasted bread and topping with the tempeh, tomato, and spinach. Top with the other piece of toasted bread with mayo.

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