I know what you're thinking, "What weird thing is she eating now?" Believe me, it's less weird than hot dogs or chicken nuggets... Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger. Many commercially prepared brands add other grains, such as barley, and also add spices and extra flavors. Although tempeh is made from soy, it has a unique taste and is mildly flavorful on its own. If you aren’t fond of tofu, tempeh is a great nutritional choice because it is very high in protein, calcium and iron and has zero cholesterol (unlike meat), as well as beneficial fiber and isoflavones. Tempeh tastes nothing like tofu. It has a textured and nutty flavor. If you are cutting back on meat and trying to lower your cholesterol, give this a try. You can make anything with it. Let your creative juices flow.
|Make a sandwich!|
*Most tempeh you buy in the store is pre-cooked, pasteurized and ready to go; however, I highly recommend you steam it for 10-15 minutes anyway because the tempeh will swell and soften a bit which helps it to accept more flavors; and it helps to remove some of tempeh's bitter flavor. I serve up this salad on toast like a "tuna" sandwich, but it is delicious plain too!
You will need an 8 oz. package of Tempeh, found in most grocery stores and natural food stores. Break up tempeh in big chunks and place in a steamer basket (or use a sauce pan filled one inch with water) and steam for 10-15 minutes. Cool completely. You will also need 1/3 cup frozen corn, thawed; and 1/2 cup of frozen peas, thawed. While tempeh is steaming, you can get the dressing ready:
|Tempeh right out of the package|
(8oz. pkg tempeh, peas, corn)
1/2 cup chopped dill pickle
2 T sweet pickle relish
1 T Vegenaise vegan mayo
1 T lemon juice
2 tsp. stone ground mustard
1/2 tsp. dried dill seasoning
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
pepper to taste
Mix dressing, add peas and corn, add cooled tempeh (break it up a bit with your hands), mix thoroughly. Serve on toast, a bed of lettuce, or eat plain. You can also add other veggies to your taste such as, chopped red onion, celery, cucumber, or carrots. Make it the way you like it, but don't be silly, just TRY it! Makes 4 servings.
Recipe inspired by The Kind Life.