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Smoky Tempeh Sandwich

Smoky Tempeh Sandwich

Looks like meat, taste even better than meat, but it's not meat! Introducing the smoky tempeh sandwich. 

Now, we have all heard about tofu - you know, the magical ingredient of the vegan world? But you may not have heard of tempeh. This is one you are going to want to add to your shopping list my friends. 

Tempeh is very similar to tofu but has a higher nutritional value and different texture. This is because tempeh uses the whole soybean, whereas tofu only uses parts of the soybean. This means that by using tempeh, you will get a higher source of protein, vitamins, and dietary fibre. 

Sounds great right? A similar product but better nutrition, who can argue with that? And all in a healthy, stress-free meal that is sure to fill any rumbling stomach. 

sliced tempeh in marinade

Let's take a look at how to make your very own smoky tempeh sandwich.

To make one of these, you will need 12 ingredients (the kind you are likely to have already in your vegan-friendly kitchen) and 30 minutes of your day. 

To start off, we use coconut oil, paprika, garlic powder, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce to make the 'sauce' that our tempeh will be coated in. From these ingredients, we get a good source of protein, 'good fats,' vitamin A, and vitamin E.

We, of course, have tempeh, the real star of this dish. Tempeh provides us with a very good source of magnesium, copper, and fibre. It is also a good source of protein, and some vitamins and minerals. 

To top of the dish, we add some lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, hummus, and tomato to our baguette. 

All of these amazing nutritional benefits AND taste? Seems almost too good to be true (but it isn't! I promise). 

marinated tempeh on a baking tray

Smoky tempeh sandwich is perfect for any time of the day because it is: 

  • Easy to make.
  • Colourful and varied in texture.
  • Highly nutritional.
  • High in protein - 44g per serving! 
  • High in fibre.

These sandwiches are best served fresh and I wouldn't recommend storing them for long periods of time. They are highly addictive and can be shared with other people (vegan or not), so making 2 servings with this recipe shouldn't be a problem. However, if you really only need one serving, simply half the ingredients listed below. 

And you are done! This is a nice and simple main meal you can enjoy at any time of the day. And remember, you can switch up your salad dressing on your baguette to your own favourite veggies. You are only limited by your imagination and maybe by what is in your kitchen. But don't be afraid to try new things. And be sure to share it with us! 

Looking for more inspiration? Head on over and check out my 'Sticky Miso Rice with Teriyaki Tempeh' or 'Bean and Veggie Sliders' - meals that are sure to keep you busy in the kitchen!

Crispy Tempeh Bacon Baguette

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Breakfast, Snacks
Serves: 2
Allergens: Coconut, Gluten, Soy, Tempeh, Tomatoes


For the Baguette

  • 17 g alfalfa sprouts
  • 4 green lettuce leaves
  • 123 g hummus
  • 227 g mini baguette
  • 62 g tomato (sliced)

For the Tempeh

  • 1 tsp dried smoked paprika
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsps soy sauce
  • 198 g tempeh (sliced)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 degrees) and cover a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the tempeh and dip/soak the tempeh sliced in it.
  3. Put the tempeh slices on the baking tray and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes
  4. Slice the baguette and add the hummus, tomato, spouts and lettuce before you put the the tempeh slices on top.

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