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
4. Mock Chicken Salad
5. Tempeh Tuna Salad
6. Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs
7. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs
8. Butternut Squash Tacos with Vegan Tempeh Chorizo
9. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips with Tartar Sauce
10. Minced Tempeh Salad
Lead Image Source: Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs
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
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my mum’s dietitian recommended eating tempeh when she is allowed solids again!