When I decide to veganize a dish, I’m presented with a dilemma: Do I want to make it whole-food and plant-based, or do I want it to just be vegan, utilizing whatever vegan alternatives are available to me? It’s a difficult question to answer, and one whose answer can affect the taste, experience, and healthfulness of a dish. In this video, I take the concept of a teriyaki chicken sandwich, and prepare it two ways. One sandwich is made using tempeh, avocado, and a cashew-based wasabi sauce, while the other uses a store-bought vegan Chick’n, cheese, and a Vegenaise-based sauce. Which one is better? Which one is worth making again? If you add enough seasoning and sauce to anything, does it matter what it started out as? Watch and find out!

The sandwich recipe below  is prepared using mostly whole-food, plant-based ingredients, and it is completely oil-free and refined sugar free. It’s up to you what type of bread you use. If you use something gluten-free, this entire recipe could be gluten-free as well.

Plant-Based Teriyaki Tempeh Sandwich with Wasabi-Pineapple Sauce (oil-free, gluten-free (except for the bread), and refined sugar free)

This sandwich recipe is prepared using mostly whole-food, plant-based ingredients, and it is completely oil-free and refined sugar free. It’s up to you what type of bread you use. If you use something gluten-free, this entire recipe could be gluten-free as well.

Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Japanese, sandwich
Keyword: gluten free, oil-free, refined sugar free, teriyaki tempeh, teriyaki tempeh sandwich, vegan sandwich
Author: Monson Made This
Ingredients
Components:
  • Teriyaki Tempeh (recipe below)
  • Wasabi-Pineapple Sauce (recipe below)
  • Avocado
  • Bread
  • Lettuce
For the Teriyaki Tempeh:
  • 1 block of tempeh, simmered in water for 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos, or low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Wasabi-Pineapple Sauce:
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi powder, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pineapple juice from the can of crushed pineapple
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple in juice (canned)
Instructions
To make the Teriyaki Tempeh:
  1. Slice the simmered tempeh into thin strips, and add to a nonstick pan on medium heat. Sear on each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the liquid aminos, maple syrup, and garlic powder. When the tempeh is browned, turn the heat down to low, and pour the sauce over the tempeh. Carefully stir and flip to coat. Cook until the sauce is absorbed. If the tempeh is too dry and not coated enough, make a small batch of the sauce and add it to the tempeh.

To make the Wasabi-Pineapple Sauce:
  1. Add everything but the crushed pineapple to a blender or Magic Bullet, and puree until very smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning (the wasabi flavor will develop and deepen as it sits). Transfer to a seal-able dish, and stir in the crushed pineapple. Chill until ready to serve.
To Assemble:
  1. Spread a generous helping of your wasabi-pineapple sauce on each side of your bread. Add as much teriyaki tempeh as you can handle. Top with ripe avocado and shredded iceberg lettuce. Serve and enjoy.