Tempeh Done Right
I haven't always liked tempeh. Truth be told, I've been trying to find ways to enjoy eating it because it's so good for overall health!
What I've learned is that, like tofu, it's all about the marinate! But because tempeh has a very different texture, it's not as easy as tofu to work around. There's definitely a learning curve for some of us but I promise you, the journey of learning to love tempeh is worth it!
After playing around with many seasonings and marinades, I feel ready to share this recipe with you in hopes that you will give this a go too!
Look, tempeh is a nutritional powerhouse! It's rich in protein, fiber and essential amino acids, promoting muscle growth and aiding in digestion. It's high iron content supports blood health, while calcium strengthens bones and... tempeh's probiotic nature enhances gut health and immune function! All that and it's still maintains a low saturated fat content which benefits cardiovascular health.
Additionally, tempeh contains valuable nutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, which all contribute to overall wellness. And here's one for our plant only eaters... it's a complete protein source which makes tempeh an excellent option for vegans and vegetarians, supporting muscle maintenance and repair. I
Overall, tempeh's diverse nutritional profile makes it an ideal addition to a balanced diet, fostering long-term health benefits while enhancing culinary experiences.
The truth is, embracing tempeh unlocks a world of culinary possibilities! As a wholesome, fermented soy product, it boasts a delightful nutty taste and chewy texture. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, learning to appreciate tempeh not only benefits your well-being but also supports sustainable and eco-friendly food choices. Wahoo! Win win all around!
So give this recipe a try & tell me how you like it!
1 package of tempeh - cubed
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
3 T low sodium tamari
3 cloves garlic, grated
Marinate for as long as you can to allow the flavours to combine - overnight would be ideal.
And it doesn't get any easier than this... pour the whole thing into a pan and simmer until sauce thickens & coats tempeh.
You can serve this as a nourish bowl using the extra sauce to drizzle over the rice or quinoa & roasted veggies!