I have always wanted to try tempeh, but could not find it at my local Trader Joe’s until recently. I know what you’re thinking…. “what the heck is tempeh?” I thought the same thing at first. But after reading about it for a while on other blogs, I decided I needed to try it out!
Wiki says that tempeh is fermented soybeans that are naturally bound into a cake-like form. Tempeh is a whole soybean product, which means it is less processed then tofu. The retention of the whole bean means that it is higher in protein, fiber, and vitamins.
The tempeh I used was three grain and contained soybeans, rice, barley, and millet. I had originally planned to coat the tempeh in bread crumbs and spices and pan fry it in olive oil, in hopes of making it more “meat-like” in order to get Marcus to try it.
So to start, I cut my block into eight pieces. Looks kind of like rice crispy treats…
I then dipped each piece in olive oil then rolled each piece around in a mixture of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs. Then I fried the pieces in a hot pan – 3 minutes on each side. The result was crispy, crunchy tempeh. It kind of resembled fried chicken fingers.
The texture was good, but the flavor was a bit bland. I decided to keep the tempeh for myself and make Marcus a hamburger. He was at the gym while I was cooking. I knew when he got home he would want a nice filling meal and probably wouldn’t want to experiment with fermented soybeans. 😛
I liked the tempeh and I am happy to have found another source of vegetarian protein. But like with tofu, I will use it lightly in my diet since there are conflicting studies about soy and how it affects hormone levels in the bod. In the future, I will definitely make it differently, in hopes of making it more flavorful. Good thing there are lots of recipes out there for tempeh.
Along with the tempeh/hamburger, I made my farmer’s market green beans and baked potatoes.
To make the green beans I snapped off the ends and broke the beans in half. I then washed my beans and cooked them in a pot of boiling water (like pasta). Once they reached my preferred doneness (still hard but not crunchy), I sautéed them in a pan with onions, garlic, pepper, and sesame seeds. Perfection! I also prepare asparagus this way. Soo delish and easy!
I cooked the baked potatoes in the microwave (s0 much faster) and supper was complete!
Aaaaand because I can’t get enough of bald eagles lately, I have another camera that I am watching. This couple has babies who have hatched! They live in Norfolk, VA in the botanical gardens. This morning I got to witness a tandem feeding where mom and dad took turns feeding the three little eagle nuggets. It was amaaazing. I love nature! 🙂 Have a fabulous and sunny Tuesday!