Delicious and easy!  I used one 8 oz package of Lightlife organic Tempeh that I got at Whole Foods.  Tempeh is a whole soybean product that is high in protein and a good source of iron.  This recipe has a slightly sweet and savory sauce that makes a really good sloppy joe that is perfect for a spring and summer meal.

4 pitted dates

3 Tablespoons of hot water

In a blender soak the dates in the hot water for about 15 minutes (while you are preparing the rest of the ingredients…

1 cup diced onion

1/2 large green bell pepper chopped fine

1/2 cup celery chopped fine

4 cloves garlic minced

8 oz Tempeh cut into chunks (it will break down further when cooking)

2 TBSP soy sauce

1 TBSP dried basil

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

Add the onion bell pepper and celery to a sauce pan over medium heat.  They have enough moisture to cook without oil.  Stir them frequently for a few minutes and then add the garlic and stir for another few minutes… if they start to stick add a tablespoon of water.  When the veggies are getting tender, add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer while breaking up the chunks of Tempeh.  Now go back to the blender and blend those dates and water to a smooth paste.  Add this date paste to the pot and stir.  Simmer for about 15 minutes.  Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.  I served mine open faced on a whole grain oil free roll.  They were really good!