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Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (with Recipes)


Soy haters: if you can’t stand the taste of edamame or the texture of tofu, you must try tempeh! When it comes to soy products, most people probably know what tofu is, but tempeh may still have some mystery to it. Don’t turn your back on soy just yet until you’ve given tempeh a few fair shots.

Tempeh is a fermented soy bean product that originated in Indonesia. The product undergoes natural culturing, which binds soybeans into a cake-like form, giving it a rough texture. This process gives it a higher content of dietary fiber, vitamins, and protein, as well as make it easier for your body to break down and digest.

The added health benefits are one reason to give tempeh a try, but another is that it does not share the same consistency, taste, or texture as other soy products. The reasons soy haters do not like tofu may be for the texture, one that is the opposite of tempeh. While tofu has a soft and silky texture, tempeh is tough and grainy. Soy beans may taste too “green” or plain to someone who doesn’t like edamame, but they may enjoy the earthy, nutty flavor found in tempeh.

When prepared correctly, it’s one of the tastiest ways to get your soy protein. You can make your own, but for newbies, try picking up a premade package first, which you can find at any health food store and most grocery stores. The packaged versions can be made with other grains like barley, are stored in the fridge, and are as easy to cook as taking it out of the package and frying it with some olive oil on the stove.

The possibilities for using tempeh in vegan cooking seems endless – salads, pizza, sandwiches, stir fries – the list goes on. Tempeh can be used to mimic the taste and texture of meat, which makes it an excellent stand-in for burgers and chicken. It also absorbs most any flavor, so you can add just about any sauce from any cuisine to tempeh and have it come out scrumptiously. Try these delicious tempeh recipes:

1. Vegan Tempeh Tomato Herb Sandwich


2. Pomegranate Sweet and Sour Tempeh


3. Tempeh Picatta

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

4. Mock Chicken Salad


5. Tempeh Tuna Salad

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

6. Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

7. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

8. Butternut Squash Tacos with Vegan Tempeh Chorizo

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

9. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips with Tartar Sauce

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

10. Minced Tempeh Salad

Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (With Recipes)

Lead Image Source: Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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16 comments on “Why Soy Haters Should Try Tempeh (with Recipes)”

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betsy shipley
4 Years Ago

We are the tempeh pioneers having produced Betsy\'s Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years many years ago. Fast forward to the present where we just filed a patent for a tempeh incubator that could be used in restaurants and small shops making artisan tempeh for the local markets. We begin testing the prototype within the next week.
Visit our website showing our easy method for making this great food. makethebesttempeh.org
Feel free to write with any questions or comments.
betsy shipley
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Mohini Bell
4 Years Ago

my mum's dietitian recommended eating tempeh when she is allowed solids again!

Pandora Tadefa-Everett
4 Years Ago

I asked my doc who is the head of Internal Med at the University, he says soy is given a bad rap with no scientific evidence to support it, its no worse for you than any other kind of bean, as a matter of fact its very good for you. packed with potassium a necessary electrolyte to keep your body functioning properly, just an fyi,

Asia McClarron
4 Years Ago

I thought soy is bad for you anyways??

03 May 2014

It isn\'t if you don\'t eat it in excess quantities. I mean, soy has been part of East Asian cuisine for several centuries now and the Japanese diet (which includes a bowl of miso soup, which contains small tofu chunks, at almost every meal) is hailed as one of the healthiest in the world.

Matias Romero
4 Years Ago

Jennifer Hoyos

Kelley Murphy Drawdy
4 Years Ago

Tempeh is so different than plain soy ! It's the new bacon!

Yves Pageau
4 Years Ago

where are cucombers and onions....???????

Nancy Pressley Beckham
4 Years Ago

Should soy haters try tempeh if they throw up every time they eat soy?

Shannon Saeteurn
4 Years Ago

I could eat tempeh everyday lop

Kristyn Conner
4 Years Ago

I love everything about tempeh... the taste AND the texture!


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