Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tempeh is a soy product that sometimes includes whole grains. The soybeans and grains are mixed and fermented into a 1/2 inch thick cake. Tempeh has a hearty texture and nutty flavor. It is high in protein (about 20g per 4oz serving), but is not a low-calorie food (about 240 calories per 4 oz serving). It is often used as a meat substitute.
Where can I find it?
Tempeh can be found in most grocery stores. It is usually in the same area as the refrigerated tofu, vegetarian, and vegan products, which is usually somewhere near the fresh produce. There are a few different varieties.
How should I cook it?
There's tons of ways to cook tempeh. My preference is to chop it up into bite-sized pieces, boil for about 10 minutes, then brown in a saute pan. You can marinate it after boiling. It soaks in flavors very well. Use it in stir fries, side dishes, or eat it as a snack.
Sweet Potato & Tempeh Pilaf