OMG- My Husband Ate Tempeh

28 Feb

by Green Gourmet L

Mr. Green Gourmet is a picky eater.  He will deny it, but he loves things like pizza, fries, burgers and other typical man food.  Luckily, I write a food blog, and he’s forced encouraged to eat things that are  a bit healthier!

The other day at Whole Foods, I found some soy tempeh for $2.79…way less expensive than chicken. Tempeh has been around in Asian cooking for hundreds of years, although it is relatively new to American cuisine. It’s made from cooked soybeans (or flax or other grains) and then formed into a patty, like a veggie burger. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly, and certain kinds are gluten free. It’s texture is different from tofu and it has a slightly nutty flavor. It still takes on the flavor of what it’s cooked around though, so make sure you marinate or cook with a sauce to help it blend in.  Also- low fat, high protein. Yep.

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Always a good standby if you’re trying to do more veggie dishes in your life. I know that Mr. GG loves Thai food, so I decided to make a green curry dish with veggies and then sneak some tempeh in there. And the result: his initial response was “pretty good”, then when I explained the tempeh, he said “edible”. I think I will take the pretty good and not tell him what’s in it next time.

Green Curry with Tempeh

  • 2TB green curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk (light)
  • 2 TB fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup veggie stock
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced and seeded
  • 1 head broccoli, separated
  • 1 package tempeh, cut into 3/4 in cubes
  • chopped cilantro

Cook first four ingredients for sauce on medium for 7-8 minutes until thickened. Add veggies and cook for 10 minutes. Add tempeh and cook for an additional 5 minutes until flavor of the sauce has been absorbed. Serve over rice and top with cilantro. Trying tempeh for the first time like my husband? Don’t forget you read about it on Green Gourmets!


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