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Monochrome Meal

5 Dec

After my last post I promised to post my version of buffalo tempeh wings and I meant to do it the next day but promptly slacked off and got busy over the weekend (two Avalanche games in three days makes me think this should become a hockey blog). But on to the recipe.

I love chicken. I’m not afraid to admit it. I think it’s delicious, I think if it’s bought correctly it’s a great protein, and I miss it pretty much every day. I don’t eat chicken for hippie reasons, but I can totally admit that I think it’s great. One of my favorite things in the world is buffalo wing sauce and one of my favorite foods is tempeh buffalo wings.

If you’ve never had tempeh I encourage you to try it. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and egg free and made from fermented soybeans (among other things). I like the Tofurky brand, especially the Organic Five Grain (soy, brown rice, millet, sesame, sunflower). It has 13 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in 3 ounces and can be used as a meat substitute in most recipes. I’ve discovered that meat eaters tend to prefer tempeh over tofu because it has a firmer “meatier” texture and isn’t as squishy and weird as tofu. My meat ‘n potatoes boyfriend will eat it and said the tempeh chorizo he had in a breakfast burrito was better than the real thing because it wasn’t greasy.

I first made tempeh wings from a recipe from Destiny’s Kitchen, which is awesome but incredibly time consuming. I don’t know about you but when I get a snacky craving I want to eat NOW. Not in an hour, but immediately. I figured I could knock off a few steps and come up with something close and I think I did it.

Take your block of tempeh and cut it into four smaller blocks. Then take those blocks and cut them in half into triangles. Once you have your triangles, slice each one into two thinner triangles so each triangle is half the width of the original block. From here the original recipe has you boil the triangles, a step I promptly threw out. I’ve seen this suggested in most tempeh recipes and I think it’s totally unnecessary. The original recipe also has you bread the triangles which I’ve done, and which is super tasty, but this time I skipped the milk/panko breading steps and made a spice rub from the spice mix. I tossed the tempeh in a ziplock bag with the spice mix and laid them out on a cookie sheet covered with foil.

All ready to go into the oven.

I baked them for ten minutes, flipped them over, and then baked them for another ten minutes. During the last ten minutes I mixed up the buffalo sauce and when they were done I promptly sauced them up.

Saucy!

I served them alongside my Crispy Sweet Potato roast for a lovely monochrome meal.

Delish.

The original recipe suggests serving the wings with homemade ranch and I seriously suggest that you do. We didn’t have everything for it, so I couldn’t make it this time but it’s ten million times better than bottled ranch, plus it’s super easy to make. My roommate and I both agreed that this was a tasty quick alternative to the original longer process of making these wings. In total it probably took about 30 minutes, required much less clean up, and far fewer ingredients. I think they’d be delicious as BBQ wings as well and I’m going to try that sometime in the future. If you’ve never had tempeh and you want a quick and easy meal to try, I suggest buffalo (or BBQ) wings.

Recipe

1 8 oz. block of tempeh
2 t thyme
1 t paprika
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t garlic powder

Cut tempeh into triangles (as described above). Toss gently with spices and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip and bake another 10 minutes. While tempeh is baking prepare sauce and ranch. Toss wings in sauce and serve immediately.

Sauce
4 T margarine, melted
2 1/2 T hot sauce
4 T ketchup

Ranch
1/3 cup Vegenaise or mayonnaise
1 tablespoon water/soymilk/milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon dried dill
salt and pepper to taste

  • Have you ever had tempeh? Do you prefer it or tofu?
  • Should I make these again for dinner tonight since all this talk is making me hungry? I think I might.
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