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ASK GRETTIE – Stumped By Tempeh

My latest Ask Grettie column on Chic Vegan.

I just tried tempeh for the first time at a restaurant today and really liked it, but I am not sure how to prepare it on my own.  Do you have any tips, or recipe suggestions for preparing tempeh?


Hi Monica!

I am glad to hear that you like tempeh.  Tempeh is a wonderful source of protein and is further beneficial due to the fact that it is fermented.  In addition, cooking with tempeh is a great way to add protein to your meals without buying processed meat substitutes.  As with anything in life, moderation is key since tempeh can be high in fat.

I understand that tempeh can be a bit intimidating to prepare, but once you cook with it a few times you will realize that it is actually very easy to work with.¬† Tempeh can be prepared using the same methods that are used to cook meat (barbecuing, baking, broiling, stir-frying)¬†.¬† One of my favorite ways to use tempeh is as a ground beef substitute.¬† Sarah Matheny of ‚ÄúPeas and Thank You‚ÄĚ likes to make ground meat substitutes with tempeh by grating it. ¬†You simply take the block of tempeh and grate it on your cheese grater then add it to your recipe.¬† Alternatively you can crumble a block of tofu with your fingers or pulse it in your food processor and garner the same results.

TIP РSome people find tempeh to be slightly bitter.  If you steam the tempeh for 20 minutes, the bitterness disappears.

Recipe Ideas

  • Peas and Thank You is a blog with a lot of¬†recipes that include tempeh¬†and it is a great place to start.¬† Sarah just came out with her first book, Peas and Thank You ‚Äď Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love and it is a worthwhile purchase (For my review of the book click¬†here).
  • Vegetarian Times¬†is also a great resource for tempeh recipes and they have a great recipe search function on their site that I am sure you will find helpful.¬† Their¬†recipe for tempeh bacon¬†has a four star rating.

Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Cooking is an art form and can be a lot of fun to play around with.  Once you make a few recipes containing tempeh you will have the confidence to whip-up meals containing tempeh without even following a recipe.  Let me know if you come across some winning recipes along the way since I am always looking for recommendations as well.

Here’s to health!


**Do you have a questions for Grettie? She is here to answer any of your health and nutrition related questions! Email her at askgrettie@chicvegan.com .**

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If you haven’t yet heard of the blog Peas and Thank You, you will soon. ¬†I am a big fan. ¬†We are all in luck because Sarah Matheny,¬†otherwise known as ¬†Mama Pea,¬†has just come out with her first cookbook. ¬†Be prepared to be fed well and entertained along the way. ¬†Her stories about life with her husband and two girls are hilarious and so¬†relate-able!

The recipes I have tried from her blog and now her cookbook are really good. ¬†I made Sarah’s Teriyaki Tofu for dinner tonight and it was so good. ¬†In the recipe she suggests marinating the tofu for at least 30 minutes or overnight, but do to poor planning on my part I ended-up marinating it for 48 hours and the results were awesome!

I had never actually baked tofu before (how is that possible?) and I will definitely be doing it more often because we gobbled it all up…There wasn’t even one piece of tofu left-over.

My daughter actually threw a fit when she found out there wasn’t any tofu left! ¬†The baked tofu tasted so much like fried tofu, so there really isn’t any excuse for ever frying tofu.

My son even made one of the recipes from the cookbook today completely by himself. ¬†He chose to make the Lime Tahini Sauce and did a really good job…I plan on using it on my steamed kale tomorrow for lunch.

My daughter was dying to help him, but he insisted that he wanted to do it all alone. ¬†Never fear…she has plenty of opportunities to help out in the kitchen and cook with mommy. ¬†She is also a¬†dish washing expert and begs me to let her wash dishes (I wonder how much longer that is going to last???).

I hope you all rush out to buy this book in support of Peas and Thank You…you will be glad that you did.

Click here to buy the book.


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