First of all, the nutrient content. On the packet is claims to be:
- A source of protein and vitamin B12
- Whole food containing plenty of natural fibre and minerals
- Free of cholesterol and easy to digest
- An excellent diet food; low in saturated fat
- Good texture with satisfying flavour
Well that sounds pretty good to me! I cooked it just how I would tofu by cutting it into cubes, marinating in soy sauce and sesame oil (I was surprised at how they soaked up all the liquid- more so than tofu) and pan-fried the cubes in some extra virgin olive oil. After a few minutes the pieces were golden brown and done!
Then I quite simply mixed the tempeh cubes with spinach leaves, grated beetroot and carrot, baby tomatoes and spring onions. Added a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of sesame seeds and my salad was complete!
So, the taste? It has a very different texture to tofu which is hard to describe. It's less 'spongy' than tofu and more 'mushy'. It's a bit of an acquired taste (my mother didn't like it!) but I thought it was nice and would love to cook more with it in stir-fries and salads. A great source of protein in a vegetarian diet and so easy to prepare!
Have you ever eaten tempeh before? What did you think? Any recipe ideas? Feel free to comment!