Adventures with Tempeh

July 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Today I tackled some strange territories — Though I’ve been a vegetarian now for 4 years, I rarely ever delve into the tofu, tempeh, or seitans. I’m not totally sure why that is, but I think I’ve held the belief that I should steer clear of those the same way I would tofurkey slices (which are processed and have a lot of sodium), and that the better alternative will always be real vegetables and fruits.

I am here to admit that I have been wrong. Today’s post is brought to you by the texture-rich cakes that are tempeh. Turns out tempeh is made from soybeans, but is superior to the usual line-up of soy products (like tofu) because it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics due to the process of fermentation required to form it. Aside from being very fiber rich, tempeh is also a generous source of many nutrients such as calcium, B-vitamins and iron. It can also be manipulated to taste like pretty much anything since it absorbs flavors really nicely. Basically, it’s awesome.

I used my tempeh today as a filler for a delicious vegetarian BLT sandwich. I heated some up in a pan for a few minutes until it was a nice golden brown.

I cooked up some SmartBacon for some added saltiness.

Both of these meaty soy products were then assembled onto some sprouted grain bread with some vegenaise, 4 really nice slices of tomato, 2 pieces of romaine lettuce, and some alfalfa sprouts.

For those of you who are frightened by vegetarian foods like these, I can pretty much promise that if I were to make you eat this, your perception of those foods would instantly change. So good, so nutritious, and SO filling.

Epic.

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