Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tempeh Fajitas with Lefse and Poblano Peppers

I finished off my package of Freddy's Lefse in style today, with this fajita packed with marinated tempeh, poblano peppers, red peppers, and onions. It's accompanied by a simple salsa with tomato, avocado, kiwi, lime, and cilantro. Set aside at least a couple of hours to properly marinate the tempeh pieces - I left mine in the fridge overnight.

Tempeh Fajitas
1 8 oz. package tempeh, cut to 1/2 inch by 2 inch pieces
1 Poblano pepper, seeds and stem removed, cut in thin strips (if you have other colorful peppers available, go for it)
1 medium yellow onion, cut in 1/2 inch rings
1 tbsp. canola oil

Fajita Marinade
juice of one regular lime, or three key limes
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. tamari or low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup water (just enough so the marinade covers the tempeh in the dish)
1. Mix fajita marinade ingredients, and pour over tempeh pieces in a shallow dish, with a cover. Cover and let marinate, turning occasionally, for a few hours or overnight.
2. In a large frying pan, heat canola oil over high heat. Add onions and peppers, and fry for about two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tempeh (without marinade liquid), and continue to stir-fry until tempeh is nicely browned, which takes just a few minutes. Feel free to add some of the marinade liquid to intensify the flavor in the peppers, onions, and tempeh.
3. Remove from heat, and assemble fajitas while the ingredients are nice and hot. If you like, heat the lefse pieces in a dry pan on medium heat for a minute or so. Lefse is pretty soft and pliable anyway, so this is optional. As you can see, I used two pieces of lefse overlapping one another, to create a jumbo fajita.
4. Serve accompanied by salsa, guacamole, Spanish rice-style grains, refried beans, or tofu sour cream.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are fantastic! I made them last night and topped them with vegan sour cream and homemade tomato salsa with roasted romanesco as a side. YUM!

I marinated them from lunch to after work and easy peasy, a delicious dinner. (Of course, our house smelled like BO from the, did it ever!) The poblano pepper is such a good choice. These were really great.

And, best of all, my husband who isn't the biggest tempeh fan, adored them.

Thanks so much. I just found your blog and think it is pretty great.

Be well!