Have you discovered tempeh yet? It seems like everyone is familiar with tofu, but unless you follow a plant-based diet, you likely haven’t heard of its fermented whole-bean cousin, tempeh. Tempeh is a highly nutritious energy-building protein source. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean result in a higher content of protein (22 g per 4-oz serving), dietary fiber and vitamins than tofu. It is also, as a result of the fermentation process, a more digestible and less gas-inducing plant-based protein. It has a firm texture (kind of like a burger patty) and slightly nutty and earthy flavor, although, like tofu, it soaks up the flavors of whatever it is cooked with.
I use tempeh in my Mexican Lasagna, Meatless “Sausage” Penne with Greens, and Crockpot Vegan Southwest White Chili. I’ve been looking to expand my repertoire of tempeh dishes and an initial search for marinated tempeh returned this Dijon Mustard Marinated one, by chef Amy Chaplin, who has cooked for the likes of Natalie Portman. This is a fast, tasty recipe. I served it alongside some chopped red potatoes and apples, that I sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning and baked.
This is one of those times when I wish I had a fancy camera, because by the time we were eating dinner, there was no natural light left, and I feel like the plate looked really good in person, but the picture just doesn’t capture that.
- 1 8-oz package plain tempeh
- ½ cup pure apple juice
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- Slice tempeh into 4 equal rectangles, then cut each horizontally so that they are half the original thickness.Then cut each of the 8 resulting rectangles diagonally to form triangles.
- Place triangles in a shallow baking dish in a single layer.
- Whisk remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the triangles.
- Allow to marinate for 30 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Try these as a side or in a sandwich!