Don’t be surprised if this solid sandwich becomes part of your lunch rotation. The smoky, marinated carrots add a dope crunch that will shame other sandwiches.

8 ounces tempeh
2 medium carrots
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1⁄4 cup soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons lemon juice
11⁄2 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 teaspoons maple syrup or other syrupy sweetener
4 cloves garlic, cut into thick slices
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
Lettuce, sliced tomato, avocado, red onion, and mustard
4 rolls or 8 slices of bread, toasted
1 Slice the tempeh into planks about 1⁄4 inch thick and 2 inches long. Do the same thing with the carrots so that they are a similar size and shape. No need to measure it out, just eyeball it.
2 Next, make the marinade: Stir everything together in a saucepan over medium-low heat and bring it to a simmer. Add the tempeh and carrots and gently stir them around. They won’t all be covered, just make it work the best you can. After everything simmers together for 142 about 30 seconds, turn off the heat and pour it all into a shallow dish like a pie pan or some shit. Cover that up and stick it in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours and up to 8. Yeah,
plan ahead. We told you to read the goddamn recipe first.

3 When you’re ready to assemble your sandwiches, fry up your tempeh and carrots: In a large skillet or wok, heat up the oil over medium heat. Lay the tempeh and carrot planks down in one layer and cook them until the tempeh starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. The carrots can cook a little faster so keep an eye on that. When it starts to look a little dry in there, or the tempeh feels like it might be sticking, just add a couple spoonfuls of the marinade.

4 Once the tempeh is browned on both sides, then you are ready to make a badass sandwich.
Pile lettuce, tomato, avocado, and red onions onto your favorite toasted bread with a little mustard. Add a layer of carrot planks and then the tempeh, close that up, and go to town. If you need more help with how to assemble a sandwich, check around on the Internet, then go cry yourself to sleep.

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