Jack is Cooking Mostly Macro Banh Mi

Well Hello Internet!
its been a couple of weeks, and i have a few posts lingering that i have to put up! but heres a quick one in the mean time.  Last night for dinner i made some Mostly Macrobiotic (almost but not quite) Vietnamese Sandwiches (otherwise known as Banh Mi)
i made them with tempeh instead of the roast pork that is normally in these delicious sandwiches, but i tailored this tempeh to be just as delicious.  
heres what you’ll need:
for the carrots:
2 carrots julienned
1 daikon julienned
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons rice syrup
some salt
for the tempeh:
1 package of tempeh
2 tablespoons of ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 inches of ginger
2-3 cloves of garlic
half a lemon 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon hot sesame oil
for the sandwiches:
baguettes
spicy mayonaise (mayonaise + sriracha)
cilantro
cucumbers
onion
So First make the carrot slaw
to do this put the water, vinegar and rice syrup in pan and bring to a boil.  transfer to a bowl and let it cool down.  put in the carrots, and the daikon with some salt.  i put in some dried cranberries for some extra goodness too.  let this sit for 30 minutes to an hour, turning every now and then.
While these are festering we can cook the tempeh.  first its good to steam it.  Tempeh is always better steamed first.  so while its steaming, prepare the sauce.  put the ketchup, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar together in pan and stir and cook until it boils.
yay!  this is an awesome BBQ sauce, good to put on any kind of meat, or tempeh to make it taste more like BBQ.
 when the tempeh has steamed for 20 minutes or so, pour this sauce all over it, and then cook it in a skillet for about 15 minutes at a medium heat.  now the tempeh is all done!

now all to do is to make the sandwich! so toast the baguette, slather on some spicy mayonnaise (you can make it more or less spicy by the amount of sriracha sauce you put on)  put some tempeh on the roll, then the onions, the cucumbers, some of the carrots and daikon, and top it off with a bunch of cilantro!
the word is that this is as good or better than any of the sandwich places!  (except Nicky’s of course.  that place is the bomb.  but they should make a tempeh sandwich for a veggie option instead of a portabello…)
mmm mmmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Vietnamese Style Lemongrass Tempeh Stir Fry

Well Hello Internet!

For dinner tonight Julie and I made some stir fried Tempeh with Lemongrass, Peppers, and Snow Peas

to make this you will need:

2 inches of lemongrass very finely diced

1 inch ginger diced 1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces tempeh, cut into cubes
1 yellow pepper sliced
a handfull of snow peas 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 tablespoon rice syrup
1 teaspoon chili garlic sriracha 
2 cups rice or Coconut rice  (to make coconut rice, if you are making 1 cup of rice, use 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup coconut milk.  follow recipe in link)
cilantro 
lime juice

So first, we sautéed the tempeh in the olive oil until it got brown.

then we added in the lemongrass, the ginger, the pepper, and the snow peas and stir fried for about 4 minutes, or until the pepper started to get a little soft.
Then we added the soy sauce, the rice vinegar, the apple cider vinegar, the chili garlic sriracha sauce, and the rice syrup.  stir fried it for another minute, and then took it out and put it over the rice!  sprinkled a little cilantro on top and a squeeze of lime juice! and that’s it!
mmm mmm delicious!