Tempeh Cutlets (SERVES 2)
Typical tempeh preparation calls for the soybean cake to be marinated and then steamed before cooking. Here, pouring a hot marinade over the slices does both in a single step. Serve cutlets with whole-wheat pasta or brown rice.
1 8-oz. package tempeh, cut widthwise into
½ cup white wine
1 Tbs. herbes de Provence
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1⁄8 tsp. ground black pepper
½ large red bell pepper, chopped (½ cup)
¼ cup smooth tomato sauce
2 Tbs. capers, rinsed and drained
1⁄8 tsp. sugar
½ cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish
Place tempeh in large baking dish. Bring wine, herbes de Provence, oil, garlic, and black pepper to boil in small saucepan. Pour over tempeh, cover, and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Remove tempeh from marinade, and place on baking sheet, reserving marinade. Spray top of cutlets with cooking spray, and bake 15 minutes.
Flip tempeh, spray again with cooking spray, and bake 15 minutes more, or until edges are golden.
Meanwhile, strain reserved marinade into small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and add bell pepper. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until bell pepper is softened and liquid is nearly absorbed. Add tomato sauce, capers, and sugar, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Simmer 10 minutes over low heat, or until sauce is thick. Stir in basil.
Place tempeh on plates, and divide sauce between servings. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.