Tempeh Dogs Served with “Bar-B-Q”ed Vegetables and Garden Greens

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For the “bar-b-q”ed vegetables I used what I had on hand:
1 bell pepper; cut into 1″ pieces
2 zucchini; ; cut into 1″ pieces
2 medium potatoes; scrubbed, boiled till soft, cut into 1″ pieces
1 large handful garlic scapes; cut into 1-1 1/2” lengths

For the sauce mix the following ingredients together:
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/3 teaspoon thyme (I only had fresh from the garden so I used a full teaspoon)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon or lime juice)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce (we use BPA free Pomi brand)*I used chopped tomatoes because that is what happened to be open the the refrigerator

DSC_0032Prepare the vegetables and place in a bowl.
DSC_0033 DSC_0034 DSC_0035 DSC_0039 Prepare the bar-b-q sauce, pour over the vegetables and toss together to coat well. Pour onto a baking sheet and “grill” by putting under the broiler for 15 minutes so they look grilled and the vegetables are soft. Set aside and allow to cool until ready to serve.

1 packages tempeh
1 cloves garlic; crushed
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
dash-1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

DSC_0038Cut tempeh into logs (in half and then in thirds).
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Combine garlic, lemon, salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil. Pour the marinade to cover the tempeh logs then place everything into a sealable plastic bag. Marinade for at least 1/2 hour, turning the bag occasionally. I prepped dinner in the morning so my “dogs” marinated for 8 hours. You can fry in a skillet till golden and crispy or place on a small baking sheet and put into a toaster oven and toast till heated through, 10 minutes was good in my toaster. Serve in a bun with relish, mustard and ketchup (or I like them as the side to the above salad).

Just a note- even though I served whole wheat hot dog rolls, organic relish, organic ketchup and a high quality mustard these are still processed foods which are not “healthy”. That being said… I defer to one of my father’s quotes, “A balanced diet includes some unhealthy foods.” So if this is the meal that you want to enjoy some processed foods, go for it. Everything else on the plate is really nutritious.
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DSC_0046If you are being strict about not eating processed food then do what I did, omit the classic hot dog accompaniments and enjoy the tempeh dogs on the side of the healthy vegetables and greens.

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