Tempeh is one of those ingredients that seems a little intimidating to cook with.
But it’s actually one of the easiest vegan proteins to handle – even easier than tofu.
In this post, you’re going to learn exactly what tempeh is plus a super tasty, easy way of cooking it.
What exactly is tempeh?
Tempeh is a vegan protein made out of soybeans, like tofu. However, it’s processed in a completely different way, making it taste and feel different than tofu.
Some argue that tempeh is healthier than tofu because it’s less processed.
Isn’t soy, like really bad for me?
The short answer: No, it’s not.
You may have heard that soy is bad for you, and that’s true in VERY large quantities. It can screw with your hormones a little bit- but only if you eat A LOT of it. Think lots of tofu/tempeh in every meal, every day for months.
To keep soy product consumption in check, I only cook with them every other week or so in my meal prep.
Everything in moderation friends!
What does tempeh taste and feel like?
Tempeh is more rubbery than tofu, which is soft. It’s not as bland as tofu, and when eaten plain it has a slightly nuttier, earthier taste. But it’s hardly noticeable.
Tempeh is more crumbly and tough, so if you’re someone who misses the texture of meat sometimes, it’s a better option than tofu.
In terms of price, it’s about the same as tofu and you can find an 8 oz package for under $5 depending on where you live. For me, one package of tempeh yields three servings. It’s very filling!
What can I use tempeh in?
Pretty much anything you’d use meat in! I’ve seen recipes that use it in bolognese, “chicken” soup, tacos, burritos, on salads, you name it.
Since it’s pretty bland, you can flavor it however you want. What’s not to love?
That being said, I think BBQ sauce is the best flavor for it. And that’s what you’re going to learn how to make today!
This recipe focuses on the tempeh but includes instructions to make a full meal with it. The other ingredients are completely up to you!