Vegan Main Dishes/ Vegan Recipes

Grilled Tempeh, Green Beans, and Pineapple

grilled pineapple, tempeh, and green beans

For your summer barbecue pleasure, grilled pineapple makes a heavenly foil for the assertive flavor of the hoisin-marinated tempeh and green beans. If there was ever a dish that captured the essence of vegan BBQ bliss, this would be it! Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.*

Serves: 6 to 8

Hoisin Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce (see Note)
  • 1/3 cup fruit juice (preferably orange, mango, or pineapple)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other healthy vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh or jarred ginger, to taste
  • 1 recipe Grilled Pineapple
  • Two 10-ounce packages tempeh, any variety
  • 10 to 12 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch strips

Prepare the grill.

Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside until needed.

Grill the pineapple according to the recipe. When done, arrange the grilled pineapple slices around the perimeter of a large serving platter, leaving an opening in the center.

Slice the tempeh into 1/2-inch strips crosswise. Combine in a mixing bowl with enough marinade to coat. Spread the tempeh in a single layer on the grill. If using anything other than an electric grill, use a grill basket. Grill for 10 minutes total, stirring the tempeh occasionally until nicely charred here and there.  Arrange in half of the open circle surrounded by pineapple.

Combine the green beans and bell pepper in the mixing bowl; add enough marinade to coat and toss gently. Spread in a single layer on the grill; likewise, if using anything other than an electric grill, use a grill basket. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes total, until nicely charred here and there. Arrange in the other half circle surrounded by the pineapple.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Pass around additional marinade for individual servings.

Note: Hoisin sauce is a delicious sweet-and-pungent condiment available in the Asian foods section of supermarkets.

Variation: Feel free to substitute or add tofu or seitan for the tempeh.

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  • Reply
    Paula Greenspan
    July 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I made this on Saturday for friends and it was a huge hit. (They had few words but just kept mumbling “mmmmm”.) The pineapple and tempeh both disappeared very quickly and I was left with just a few beans & peppers which I tossed into a salad the following day and enjoyed. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    July 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Thanks so much for your comment, Paula! I’m glad it was a hit with your friends.

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