There have been three lonely packs of tempeh sitting in the fridge forever. Three. That’s a lot. Like an old hand-me-down hanging in the closet, time and time again I just never seemed to reach for it.
So, determined not to toss it (as that would be very wasteful), I searched the miraclenet and in 10 seconds found this recipe from Making Love in the Kitchen, one of my favourite Toronto healthy eating sites/blog (Check it out, guys).
As usual, it did not disappoint!
First of all, let me just share some major reasons to love tempeh:
- It is a probiotic food- like yogurt, meaning that it helps your body produce healthy bacteria. It also has antibiotic properties.
- Tempeh is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids.
- AND very importantly, unlike tofu, tempeh maintains all of the fiber of the bean, and gains some digestion benefits from the enzymes produced during the fermentation process used to make it.
Still not convinced? Then I suggest you try this recipe.
Baked Balsamic and Honey Glazed Tempeh
(recipe is for two 250 gram packages)
- 2 packages of tempeh cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 5 tablespoons of honey
- 4 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or dried)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 bay leaves
- Add vinegar, garlic, honey, thyme, tamari, oil and bay leaves to large bowl and add tempeh cubes to marinate in the fridge and mix (2-24 hours, mixing occasionally)
- Preheat oven to 350, place tempeh and marinade in a glass dish and cook covered for 20 minutes
- Remove from oven, stir, and recover. Cook another 20 minutes. Your house should smell amazing by now, and your mouth should be watering.
- Remove cubes from sauce and transfer to bowl.
- Over medium high heat, cook sauce until bubbling. Add cornstarch to thicken (tip: stir cornstarch with small amount of water in separate bowl first to make a loose paste before adding to sauce. This eliminates clumps).
- Cook for about five minutes, until syrupy. I added fresh black pepper for some more bite. Pour over tempeh and mix.
- Garnish with scallions and fresh basil. Serve over rice or quinoa. Eat!
Best tempeh recipe I’ve tried yet! This is a very simple way to incorporate it into your diet. Also great for those who are vegan and/or gluten free.
ps. If you are making this on the fly and don’t have time to marinate it first, its no biggie, but recommended. Proof: this dish was even better the next day.
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