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 Post subject: Tempeh is Awesome!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Felt driven to post on my vegetarian progress...

I am now in month 2 of being a vegetarian. Today, I prepared tempeh for the first time. I sauteed some garlic and red onions, browned the tempeh and added spaghetti sauce and let it sit for an hour. Served on whole wheat penne, the sauce was amazingly delicious!

I know you folks are old hands at this stuff, but being a newb, I find this so much fun. Every weekend is another opportunity to explore something new. Doing so has been one of the best by-products of going veggie.


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woohoo! i love it when people like tempeh!

going vegetarian was super fun for me, even back in the 90s when there wasn't nearly as much cool vegan stuff as there is now. glad you're enjoying it, too!

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Congrats on two months! Tempeh is one of my very favorite foods. I actually didn't like it for a long time though so I'm stoked you fell in love with it so early in your veggie journey. I'm a big fan of browning it, adding bbq sauce, letting it simmer for awhile, and then serving it on whole wheat bread.

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There is no dish which tempeh will not improve. It's awesome with fennel and sage or simply sauteed with greens.

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dakini wrote:
I'm a big fan of browning it, adding bbq sauce, letting it simmer for awhile, and then serving it on whole wheat bread.


I'll be doing this with the other half of my tempeh package.
Awesome idea!


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Yay!

Now you need to try tempeh bacon and avocado sandwiches. They are the ultimate tasty lunch. They are so good that I rarely think beyond them when I have tempeh. Or, eat the strips on toast with tofu scramble and fried potatoes.

Some other favorites: Appetite for Reduction tamarind BBQ tempeh and chili lime marinated tempeh fajitas.

I agree about trying new things. Being vegan seems to make it so much easier and fun to try new foods. Everybody gets into food ruts, but I think being vegan often can inspire to think more creatively. I always laugh when people (who eat the same turkey sandwich for lunch everyday) ask me what I eat, with an incredulous expression.

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Emperor, your avatar is making me laugh. Molly and the macaw are both eating shoestring French fries. The macaw eats the outer skin first. Molly eats hers like a baton--she keeps twirling it around to eat from a new angle.

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lavawitch wrote:
Yay!

Now you need to try tempeh bacon and avocado sandwiches. They are the ultimate tasty lunch. They are so good that I rarely think beyond them when I have tempeh. Or, eat the strips on toast with tofu scramble and fried potatoes.


The first time I ate a tempeh bacon sandwich I made an audible happy gasp. So good.


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Tempeh bacon. I'll be eating this later this week


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Tempeh is the best! I love making the tempeh sausage crumbles on this blog and adding them to just about everything.


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I <3 tempeh! Lately I've been using the marinade for the Asian Marinated Tofu from Veganomicon on tempeh and then pan frying it. Nom!

It's so fun reading how much fun you're having trying new stuff, billyk! Please keep posting about your newfound food experiences!

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Will do.

I'll also mention that even though I was a Flexitarian (only small amounts of chicken/fish) for years prior to going 100% veggie over a month ago, the total lack of all meats/fish from my diet has made changes in my body. I've lost nearly 10lbs and I feel "better" - hard to describe that more specifically but it's there. The weight loss was unexpected as I was already close to the ideal weight for my height/build. All good!


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Tempeh rocks.

I love the fact your finding something new every weekend, going Vegan opened up all kinds of new foods and ideas for me including Tempeh. I loved cooking as a vegetarian but changing my diet has created a whole new world of cooking :)

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Tempeh is awesome, and it lends itself to so many wonderful recipes! Finding out about new foods and interesting ways to cook them is definitely one of the best things becoming a vegan or vegetarian (the very best one being how good it is for the animals we aren't eating, obviously). And this is pretty much the greatest place to hang out for culinary inspiration, so welcome!

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Love the stuff. You absolutely must try the Tempeh Reuben from Vegan with a Vengeance. I eat a lot of sandwiches, and this one is easily in my top 5.

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The smoky tempeh and hot sauce glazed tempeh from Veganomicon are both amazing and super easy to make!

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creep wrote:
me like food


me too!


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nickvicious wrote:
Love the stuff. You absolutely must try the Tempeh Reuben from Vegan with a Vengeance. I eat a lot of sandwiches, and this one is easily in my top 5.


Will do!


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Dr. Apricot wrote:
The smoky tempeh and hot sauce glazed tempeh from Veganomicon are both amazing and super easy to make!


Geez - more good stuff to cook.
And another book to get.
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tempeh sausage crumbles rock my world all the time

bbq grilled tempeh is a pretty great summer food too

glad youre having fun and feeling better...no need to describe "better" Im sure most of us know what you mean

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mmm i love tempeh too! i remember discovering it for the first time....now i eat it allll the time! so tasty. congrats on your progress!

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The Chesapeake tempeh cakes from Vegan Brunch. Do it.

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Is tempeh bacon something you buy or something you make? I am not a vegan newbie but I am a tempeh newbie.


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erynne936 wrote:
Is tempeh bacon something you buy or something you make? I am not a vegan newbie but I am a tempeh newbie.


Either! Lightlife makes some pre-seasoned strips but there are also recipes floating around out there. There's one in Vegan Brunch (which I think might also be the same as the one in VWAV).


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