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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:20 pm 
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If you're in an area with an indonesian restaurant, I recommend going there and ordering a tempeh dish and seeing what you think of it.


This. I was introduced to tempeh long before going vegan because my mom loves Indonesian food, and I loved it right away. Maybe you just need to experience what it can taste like in the hands of chefs who cook it every day.

Or like vijita said, maybe you just don't like tempeh, and that's ok too!

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:31 pm 
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I am turning my omni partner onto tempeh

Last taco night we had tempeh tacos and he really liked them

Cut into strips
Steam (in microwave for 6 minutes) then drain
Marinade for 30+ minutes: mexican lager, cumin, garlic, chopped chipotle in adobe, mex. oregano, little bit of olive oil.
Fry in a non stick pan with cooking oil for about 10 minutes until brown/crispy. Turn heat to high, add rest of marinade and let reduce down

Put in tacos with slaw and avacados. Was really good. I am glad he likes tempeh, because I am really into it now. Took awhile though.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:32 pm 
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I'm totally having tempeh tacos for dinner.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:33 pm 
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I think the best way to start off with tempeh is crumbled in BBQ sauce (Sloppy Joe). Dice some onion start sauteing in oil, Steam cubed tempeh for about 5 minutes I like to wet a little sprinkle Mrs. Dash presteam, drop tempeh into the skillet with onions and break up into crumbles with spatula and brown, Mix in a smoky BBQ sauce until well covered cook a few minutes and serve.Tastes better the next day.

Tempeh Fajitas

• 1 (8 ounce) package five-grain tempeh
• 1 cup pineapple juice
• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons canola oil
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 2 cups vertically sliced onions (1/2-inch slices)
• 1 1/2 cups slice green bell peppers (1/2-inch-thick slices)
• cooking spray
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 4 (8 inch) whole wheat tortillas
• 1/4 cup salsa
Directions- Before marinating steam- I suggest marinating overnight.
Cut tempeh in half crosswise; cut each half lengthwise into 6 strips. Place tempeh in a shallow dish. Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, lime juice, cumin, oil, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and garlic in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour pineapple juice mixture over tempeh. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Prepare grill. Lightly coat onion and bell pepper with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Arrange onion mixture in a wire grilling basket coated with cooking spray. Place grilling basket on grill rack; grill 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Remove the tempeh from marinade, reserving marinade. Place tempeh on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.Warm tortillas according to package directions. Arrange 3 tempeh pieces, 1/2 cup onion mixture, and 1 tablespoon salsa down center of each tortilla; roll up.

227 calories 8.9 grams fat

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:22 am 
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thanks again folks and thanks sophiagrt for plugging all that in :)

I made Isa's chesapeke cake thingies and they were nice and not tempeh-y. Funny though, today I was saying geez I wish I had some more of that tempeh bacon. so I guess I'm sold!


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:39 am 
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i dont like tempeh either and i think i mentioned somewhere in this thread that the only way i have enjoyed it so far is the middle eastern shawarmas from vegan table.

i made this the other night and enjoyed it too. i think the key to enjoying tempeh (if you dont like it) is to have a good sauce. with this one if you get enough sauce on it you dont taste the tempeh. this was really good but a couple of times i did get a bite of tempeh with not enough sauce and i was like "EW TEMPEH FLAVOR!"

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=1508&catId=11

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:50 pm 
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joshua wrote:
TurningVioletViolet wrote:
ooh plain tempeh is hard core!

I bought it in Australia (VIC) and it says "Vincent's Vegetarian". It's a long narrow yellow packet and I bought it from an Asian grocery store.

Thanks for the reply :)

if you can find Primasoy, it's up there with the best tempeh I've had. if you're in Melbourne, go to the St Kilda farmer's market, and you can buy it directly from them


Or, if you're somewhere in Aus where you can get Tallyho farm's "ready-to-eat" style tempeh, try that (they're a WA company, but I know I've seen their stuff in Melbourne). Seriously, their marinade is the best, and their tempeh is amazing. Many a hippie picnic in Fremantle was just not complete without this staple.
That said, I usually just make my own from scratch now and it beats the storebought kind any day.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:49 pm 
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This recipe for smoky molasses tempeh strips is my fave (from Deborah Madison):
http://www.food.com/recipe/tempeh-strip ... ade-427427

It goes great with mashed sweet potatoes (with a pinch of nutmeg) and sauteed kale. Okay, now I'm hungry.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:23 pm 
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I don't know if you are still on your tempeh quest but I wanted to let you know there is a book on Amazon.com called "The Book of Tempeh" with lots of recipes and all you'd ever want to know about tempeh. If you can get the oldest edition I read that it has more recipes. I just bought the older copy and stocked up on more tempeh I am look forward to trying out all the recipes.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:58 pm 
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thanks folks, I love my tempeh now! yeah!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
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try to get fresh tempeh. health food stores near you may have it... supermarket tempeh is yuck. in byron bay they sell a lovely fresh one, and in eumundi on the sunny coast, qld we have mighty bean tempeh, which is to die for!! if you are ever in eumundi, go to the mighty bean stall at the markets and buy as much of the "roast" tempeh as you can carry, it is made of pure awesome <3


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me like tempeh
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you're in australia, right? (heh, otherwise that above info is completely useless)


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