Definition: Although it may be new to the west, tempeh is a soy food that has been eaten in Asia for hundreds of years.
What Is Tempeh?
Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger. Many commercially prepared brands add other grains, such as barley, and also add spices and extra flavors. Although tempeh is made from soy, it has a unique taste and is mildly flavorful on its own, unlike tofu.
How to Use Tempeh
Because it is a low-fat and high-protein food, many vegetarians choose to include tempeh in their diet on a regular basis. Try adding some to a stir fry instead of tofu, or crumble into soups or meatless chili. Because of its firm texture, you need to slice tempeh into small dices or cubes, not more than 3/4 inch thick. Tempeh can be found in the refrigerated section of most health food stores and in the natural foods aisle of well-stocked grocery stores.
Nutritional Value of Tempeh:
Depending on the brand, one serving of tempeh (100 grams) provides around 200 calories, 18.2 grams of protein (that's even more protein per gram than tofu!), and 10% of the RDA of both calcium and iron (according to CalorieCount).
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- Easy Baked Tempeh Recipe
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See also: More vegetarian tempeh recipes to try