Last night I finally got around to making tempeh for the first time. I’ve had this recipe printed and in my recipe binder for oh, six months or so, and last week I had an amazing “tempeh lettuce tomato” sandwich at the Seward Cafe.
I was also driven by boredom, I would’ve liked to do something active, go to yoga or the gym, but my back is still extremely sore, which I’ll bitch about later in this post.
But first, what’s tempeh? I’ve hardly eaten meat for years and am still just dabbling in “meat substitutes”. Tempeh is less processed and more nutritious than tofu. And it’s not all mushy like tofu (ick), it has a great dense texture. Read details on the wikipedia entry.
I followed this recipe from Meghan Telpner’s blog almost exactly as written.
-Used O.J. from a carton
-Used 1/8 t powdered ginger instead of fresh
-Used Bragg’s Aminos in place of tamari/soy sauce
-And one suggestion: Fry tempeh in larger pieces, it was sort of hard to get them to cook evenly all cut up
I used one 8 oz. package of Lightlife Soy Tempeh. It was $3 at the co-op and even though the package says it’s two 4 oz. servings, it made enough for 3 servings, even with a large hungry guy and 3rd trimester pregnant gal eating.
And wow, 22 grams of protein per 230 calorie serving, plus a lot of fiber and iron.
We both loved this, really wonderful strong flavors when the sauce turns into a glaze. Nathan had his over plain brown rice, I mixed mine into a salad with lettuce, tomato, and avocado.
Nathan is a great indicator for how well a vegan dish will go over with mainstream non-veggies. He’s reluctant to try “weird” health foods (soymilk, nutritional yeast, chia, etc. – but has gotten a lot more open minded!) and still really likes typical american foods like low quality frozen pizzas and sports bar burgers.
So… try this recipe and don’t wait as long as I did! It’s quick, easy, and healthy.
About my back – has anyone had sciatic nerve pain? That’s what they think it is. So sore all across my lower back/butt and right leg if I put any weight on it. Luckily I’m pretty comfortable sitting and laying down, but standing and walking feels like my whole backside is one tense knot and causes me to waddle around like a stereotypical pregnant lady, which looks ridiculous because I’m not very big.
I’m waiting on the midwives’ office for a physical therapy referral and those muscle relaxers, both which will hopefully get arranged by tomorrow.
Plans for tonight – breadmaking, using Nathan as my physical therapist, and watching Apocalypse Now.