Sweet and Sour Pineapple and Peppers with Tempeh

My favorite fruit (and one of my favorite foods ever) is the apple. I eat one daily. But in my top five list of favorite fruits is the pineapple. I know it has no relation to the actual apple, but the name is similar so no wonder I love it so much! Fresh pineapple is not easy to come by in the grocery store, so when I see it, or a recipe with it, I jump on it. And then usually I polish off a whole pineapple by myself in two sittings. It’s so good! So naturally this Hawaiian style recipe of Roasted Pineapple and Bell Peppers from Vegetarian Times tickled my tastebuds.

I made a few tweaks and here is what I came up with:

1 block tempeh, cubed

1 cubed fresh pineapple

2 medium red bell peppers, cubed

1 large white or yellow onion, cut into thin wedges

1 Tbs. sesame oil

1 Tbs. canola oil

2 Tbs. brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce, or another sweet and sour type sauce

1 cup brown rice – I used short grain

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1. Cook the rice according to package directions. I set-and-forget (forgot) mine in the rice cooker. Meanwhile, steam tempeh cubes to get the bitter bite out. I steamed them in the steamer basket that comes with our rice cooker.

2. In a large baking sheet, combine the pineapple, bell peppers and onions, tempeh, drizzle on oil, sprinkle on brown sugar, salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

3. When the rice is done cooking, mix it together with the sweet chili sauce. Add more if necessary. The first time I ate this meal I didn’t use the sauce, as the original recipe didn’t call for any. But it was too bland. When we had leftovers, adding the sauce totally sealed the deal.

4. Portion rice out into bowls and then top with pineapple and pepper mixture. Imagine you’re in Hawaii.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted May 26, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Oh, this looks so good! I have some tempeh in my fridge that needs using son 🙂

  2. Posted May 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I love both pineapples and apples. I love how well pineapple pairs with savory dishes. Yum!

  3. Jessica
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I’ll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted May 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I love using pineapple in dishes! I just bought the ingredients to make this recipe because it sounds delicious and I have yet to really enjoy tempeh in a dish. We’ll see if this hits the spot. Will let you know how it turns out!

  5. Lundberg Family Farms
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Love seeing those bags of Lundberg rice in your kitchen 🙂

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