Healthy Recipes not anything like 'real' bacon... but that's a good thing!

Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Andrea Bertoli

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quick meals: tempeh bacon

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If anyone ever told you that eating less meat is going to be difficult and flavorless, you should cook this tempeh for them!

Tempeh can be thought of as tofu’s exotic cousin. This cultured soybean cake (sounds weird, I know!) originated in Indonesia, where you can buy freshly made tempeh wrapped in bright green banana leaves. Here in the US, our tempeh comes in plastic- as with everything else. Anyway, this easy recipe is great for any meal of the day, and will keep for awhile in your fridge. So marinate a double batch for easy sandwiches and snacks throughout the week; I think you’ll find that it makes a fine addition to your weekly meal rotation. This recipe is from the cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance, which was the very first vegan cookbook I bought! For more vegan inspiration, check out Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s site, the Post Punk Kitchen.

tempeh bacon

tempeh bacon… and lots of it!

(PS: keep your eyes peeled for a variation on this recipe featuring chilies, ginger and garlic, coming up later this week on VWJ!)

Tempeh Bacon

½ cup apple juice
1-2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
1 (8-ounce) package tempeh, sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons peanut oil

  1. In a small bowl whisk together apple juice, soy sauce, tomato paste, and liquid smoke. Set aside.
  2. Layer tempeh into a baking dish and pour marinade on top. Let marinate for one hour, up to overnight.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add tempeh and cook a few minutes on each side, until browned. Flip tempeh, and add remaining marinade. Cover and cook five minutes more, or until marinade cooks down. Remove from heat and let cool. Enjoy!

Yield: 20+ slices, or 4-6 servings

let the marinade soak overnight... if not longer!

let the marinade soak overnight… if not longer!

 



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Vegetarian chef, educator, blogger, and yogi based on the gathering isle of Oahu. Follow her foodie adventures at Vibrant Wellness Journal, Vibrant Wellness Education, Green Living Ideas and Green UPGRADER. Find more from Andrea on Facebook, , Instagram and Twitter.



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