Try Tempeh

by Des Byrne o2living
posted on April 13th 2012

Tempeh is a specialty of Indonesia made from soybeans.  Known for it's distinctively nutty taste and nougat-like texture, it is made by cooking and dehulling soybeans, inoculating them with a culturing agent and the incubating the inoculated product overnight.  The end product takes the form of a cake, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty.  Until recently tempeh was only available in specialty health food and Asian stores.  However, it is increasing in popularity in the United States and can now be commonly found year round in more conventional markets typically in the refrigerator section.  It absorbs the flavors of the other foods with which it is cooked making it adaptable to many types of dishes, such as our own finest herb marinated tempeh with greens available in our live food cafe.

It is a highly nutritious fermented food traditionally made from soybeans and its protein content makes it a great analogue for meat.   Soybeans are regarded as equal in protein quality to most meat. Just 4 ounces of tempeh provides 41% of the Daily Value (DV) for protein for less than 225 calories and only 3.9 grams of saturated fat.  It can also reduce bad low density cholesterol and may even increase healthy high density cholesterol.  Soy foods like tempeh are also rich in dietary fiber.

If you would like to try it yourself, our live food cafe serves a delicious herb marinated tempeh.  Alternatively, why not try this recipe for udon noodles and tempeh oriental barbecue.

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