Sunday, July 22, 2018

What The Heck is Tempeh?

That is the question I get asked most every time I am eating a meal that includes Tempeh.  Most everyone has heard of tofu but not so much of tempeh.  It's only after they sample a bite or two when they say "that's pretty good".  Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavor of the spices you use when preparing it.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that originated in Indonesia.  It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that includes a tempeh "starter" which is a mix of live mold.  The same way kombuchaKimchi or Sauerkraut is fermented.

Tempeh Benefits:

*Rich in probiotics.
*Lowers cholesterol.
*High in protein.
*High in calcium for bone strength. 
*Balances blood sugar.
*Reduces menopause symptoms.

Tempeh is a good source of protein, iron, magnesium, manganese and calcium.  It is also low in carbs and sodium. Being rich in probiotics helps in a strong gut health.  Tempeh can be eaten right from the package, but is a lot more tasty when prepared with that right spices.  Search the blog for recipes using tempeh.  This is one of my favorites: Tempeh Reuben Sandwich or here's an easy quick one.

Tempeh "Chikin" Salad

1 package of organic tempeh.
1 stalk organic celery minced.
1 diced dill pickle.
1/4 cup diced onions.
1 tbs parsley.
1/2 cup vegan mayo.
1 tbs yellow mustard.
1 ts lemon juice.
Salt and pepper.

Cube the tempeh and place in salted boiling water.  Simmer for 10-12 minutes, drain and let cool.
Combine all other ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add cooled tempeh cubes and fold together.
Serve with lettuce, tomatoes on a wrap, pita or by itself.

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Have a great week.
Be kind.

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