Tips for Preparing and Cooking Tempeh

Tempeh and Chinese Green Beans

If you’re serious about losing weight, you need to know how to use healthy foods like tempeh. This soy product can add protein and help to burn fat; and you can prepare it in quite a few ways.

Tempeh Taste and Texture

Tempeh naturally has a firm texture and works great grilled as a veggie burger. It’s made into a cake using a special fermenting process. It’s similar to tofu, but it’s more likely to hold together than some of the softer soybean products. Tempeh has a nutty taste and is often used as a replacement for beef or chicken in fried, grilled, sautéed or stewed dishes. An added benefit is that it soaks up flavor and can be seasoned to satisfy any taste when used as a protein substitute.

Popular Uses for Tempeh

One of the most popular uses is to substitute the protein for meats in stir fries. Just sautee tempeh slices or cubes along with onions, garlic, green peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, bean sprouts or other fresh vegetables. You can also add your favorite sauce or season with herbs, roots or spices. Make a ginger, sweat and sour, hot pepper, mustard, ranch or savory sauce, for example.

You might enjoy tempeh in chili or tacos as a ground beef replacement. Just grind it up in a grater with some beef seasoning and add it to any main dish with your own unique blend of spices. Thin-sliced and lightly breaded, tempeh is perfect for frying in light olive oil. It also can be marinated in barbeque sauce and served as a main entrée along with vegetables. If you’re really adventurous, put it in a noodle dish traditionally made with beef. For instance, you might want to try tempeh stroganoff. Otherwise, find a good baked recipe such as one for tempeh parmesan.

Health Benefits of Tempeh

Tempeh provides you with a healthy dose of protein (about 19 grams), and it is low in saturated fat (approximately 2 grams). It can be used to add a few grams of fiber to any dish. Tempeh is low in carbs and provides a small amount of essential vitamins and calcium in every bite.


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