December 20, 2020

Falafel Hummus and Salad Meal-Prep Bento Boxes

Bento boxes packed with hummus, pita, olives, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, and falafel. This nutritious protein  packed meal-prep box makes it easy to incorporate  the particular delicious […]
December 16, 2020

Vegan French Toast with Caramelized Apples

Do you love French toast but have given it up while following a vegan diet? The good news is that you can enjoy this guilt-free Vegan […]
December 10, 2020

Red Curry Lentils

Now is a good time to: wear cozy sweaters get a few candles going immerse your house in the flavors and smells of your favorite classic […]
December 5, 2020

What Is Tempeh? All About This Hearty Plant Protein

Looking for a new way to perk up your meat-free meals? Tempeh is a plant-based protein made from fermented soybeans that's easy to find, easy to cook, and well-worth a spot on your weekly shopping list. Nutritious, flavorful, and versatile, tempeh is on a steady rise in popularity, giving tofu a run for its money. Plus it's vegetarian (vegan, actually!) and gluten-free, meaning just about anyone can fall in love with it. What Is Tempeh Tempeh is made by cooking, hulling, and fermenting dried soybeans with a yeast starter—similar to sourdough starter but made with rice flour instead of wheat. The resulting mixture is drained and compressed into slabs that are typically sliced, cubed, or crumbled. What may appear to be white mold on the outside of tempeh actually is white mold: remnants of the fermentation (like the rind on Brie), and a natural, harmless, flavorless part of the process. Thanks, helpful white mold! What Does Tempeh Taste Like? More savory on its own than tofu or seitan, tempeh has a pronounced nutty, slightly tangy flavor—with plenty of umami notes, courtesy of the fermentation process—and readily takes on the essence of whatever it's prepared with. It may prove a little bland just raw straight from the package, so it's best to cook it before eating (and the possibilities are boundless!). Nutrition A rich source of nutrients (particularly B vitamins and calcium), tempeh has more calories and healthy fats than other popular plant-based proteins. It's high in carbohydrates and fiber for sustained energy release, and it ranks low on the glycemic index. From Our Shop our line! Five Two Essential Cookware $69–$429 More Options Mu Bamboo Japanese Steel Knives $100–$139 More Options French Porcelain Rectangular Roasting Dishes $72–$306 More Options Where to Buy Tempeh Supermarkets that sell tofu and vegan-meat substitutes will usually carry packaged tempeh in the same refrigerated case. Health-food and specialty markets may carry several brands, as well as variations like marinated tempeh or frozen crumbles. Store tempeh for up to a week in the refrigerator, or freeze for up to three months. How to Use Tempeh Owing to its chewy texture and sturdy composition, tempeh is well-suited for frying, grilling, baking, stewing, and crumbling for a texture similar to animal protein in chilis, pasta sauce, and grain bowls. Other flavor-packed ways to use tempeh: *Sliced and grilled for tacos *Cubed and used to top vegetarian pizza *Marinated and air-fried for a hearty sandwich *Seasoned, seared, and served on a colorful salad *Infused with smoky umami flavors and cooked like bacon for a tofu scramble *Sauteed with sausage seasonings and served over polenta with tomato sauce What's your favorite way to use tempeh? Let us know in the comments!