One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Independence Day BBQ Tempeh Hoagies with Chipotle Mayo

After a nearly 4 month absence I'm back! I've been busy working on my new book Quick and Easy LOW-CAL Vegan Comfort Food  and a new blog dedicated to veganizing Paula Deen recipes called The Lady and Seitan. I'm busy as ever but finally back and I have a stockpile vegan goodies to review for you. What better way to start the month than with a recipe for BBQ Tempeh Hoagies with Chipotle Mayo from Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations. Enjoy!

BBQ Tempeh Hoagies with Chipotle Mayo
Makes 4 hoagies

Get your napkins ready and your bib on tight because you’re about to dive into a boat of Smokey Maple BBQ Sauce with a little tempeh on the side. If there are skeptics of vegan food in your life then this is the hoagie to start them out on. I set these out at a cookout last year just for a moment while I went to grab some chips, and when I came back I found they had all been kidnapped by my omnivore friends. Let’s see how long they last at your summer cookout.

2 tablespoons canola oil
½ small white onion, sliced thin
½ medium bell pepper, of any color, sliced thin
One 8-ounce package tempeh, any variety, sliced thin
1 cup Smokey Maple BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
4 hoagie rolls, lightly toasted

Chipotle Mayo
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon adobo sauce
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
¼ teaspoon dried oregano

Warm the canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the tempeh and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the tempeh is warmed through, stirring often.

While tempeh is cooking, add all chipotle mayo ingredients to a mini food processor and process until smooth.

Remove from heat and stir in Smokey Maple BBQ Sauce.

Spread Chipotle Mayo on each side of the hoagie roll and fill with the tempeh mixture

Smokey Maple BBQ Sauce
Makes 1¾ cups

1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup diced white onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup
¾ cup Grade A maple syrup
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Warm canola oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Put in the onion and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in the ketchup, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and red pepper flakes.

Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. This sauce can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container


  1. You know Worcestershire is not vegetarian, right? It has anchovies in it

  2. Yes I know which is why I specifically put vegan Worcestershire sauce which is sold at most health food stores including whole foods and I believe trader joes, you can also find it online at places like cosmo's vegan shoppe here's a link if you'd like to give it a try. It's a must have in the kitchen

  3. those sound so good, i really need to make them. just made your red velvet cupcakes, yum! can't wait for your new cookbook.

  4. We tried these recently and they were great! We took them to a party full of omnivores and everyone loved them! Planning to make them again for family this weekend.

  5. Oh my god those sound good. I'm definitely going to have to bring them to my next gathering.
    Congrats on the new book! I had no idea you had a low cal one in the works.

  6. Alicia,
    You amaze me! A low-cal cookbook and veganizing Paula Deen as well? Be still my heart! Just a heads up that I worship you as my favorite vegan cookbook author (I had to write you in to vote for you in VegNews' survey). The baked ziti, tuno noodle casserole, and mac and cheese are to die for. I'm getting ready to get ingredients for your brownie recipes from Vegan Celebrations.
    Please, never stop what you're doing.

  7. Wow, those look really yummy. Gonna have to try those. Thanks!


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