How to Cook Tempeh

Not going to lie … the whole idea of eating something made from fermented soybeans just doesn’t appeal to me. Like not even a little. What can I say, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to trying new things … alas, as Gastro Gabe likes to point out every now and then, I’m “evolving” and so I’ve expanded my palate to include things I never would have tried before (before the “evolving,” that is). Case in point. Tempeh.

Tempeh is a strange looking, high-protein, vegan alternative for meat. Well, at least I know a lot of people who substitute it for meat in recipes (like the one below). It has a nutty flavor, a solid consistency, and when sauteed in a little sesame oil is downright delicious. So, give it a whirl and see what you think … honestly, this chili-like recipe is super yum but if it’s a bit much during the warmer months so I suggest simply sautéeing over high heat in sesame oil for about ten minutes, turning as you go. Serve with rice and a few veggies and you’re good to go 🙂

TEMPEH CHILI

PREP TIME: 15 minutes | COOK TIME: 35-40 minutes

  • One 12-oz package tempeh, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, minced (or a small can is good too)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 12 ounce can of green chilies, diced
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2, 15 ounce cans of red kidney beans
  • 2-3 cups water, depending on how thick you like your chili
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and juice

Heat oil in Dutchoven, brown tempeh for 10-15 minutes. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno and green chilis over medium high heat and sauté for 5 minutes. Add dry spices and cook for another 5 minutes. Add water, canned tomatoes, beans and cooked tempeh. Simmer for about 30 minutes. And that’s all folks! Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: Our recipes are just that, ours. Some are modified versions of dishes we’ve had elsewhere or old-favorites that contained animal proteins, while others are a concentrated effort of trial and error. But all are intended to be altered by you and made to suit your tastes. So if you want more garlic or none at all, go for it. You do you ; )

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