Busy Bea Baking…

Fakin’ it and tasting good.

It may look like a science experiment but it makes for a tasty version of vegan ‘bacon’.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Tempeh is a cake made from fermented soybeans. You can buy it plain or already flavoured. Either way, make sure you purchase a brand that is non-GMO (genetically modified) and organic.

The process of making ‘fake bacon’ :

Step 1: The Marinade Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Step 1:
The Marinade
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Step 2: Slice tempeh into strips. Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Step 2:
Slice tempeh into strips.
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Step 3: Marinate the tempeh. Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Step 3:
Marinate the tempeh.
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

 

 

 

Marinade:1. Whisk together the following:

  • 3 TBSP. of soy sauce (*can substitute with tamari OR coconut aminos for a lower-sodium option)
  • 1 TBSP. each of balsamic vinegar and maple syrup
  • 1/2 TBSP. grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. each of onion powder, garlic powder (*can substitute with garlic salt OR 1/8 tsp. of minced garlic) and black pepper

2. Pour into shallow dish and place tempeh strips on top. Leave for a few minutes, then turn over tempeh strips to make sure both sides have bathed in the marinade.

3. When ready to cook, heat about 1 tsp. of oil in a pan on medium heat. Cook tempeh for about 5 minutes on each side. Colour should be a deep brown on both sides to indicate ‘done-ness’. Remove from pan and let cool on a paper towel.

Suggestions for consumption:
-Make a TLT sandwich i.e. tempeh, lettuce and tomato.
-Chop into small pieces and add to pea soup or vegan Cesar salad
-Make a wrap with avocado, tomato, cheese (vegan or vegetarian), mustard and Vegenaise salad dressing.
-Serve for breakfast with eggs OR tofu scramble.

Hints:
-Can be left to marinate overnight.
-Marinade is good for half a package OR 125 grams of tempeh. This is equal to approximately 10-15 strips, depending on how thin you slice it.

TBSP. = Tablespoon/ 15mL.
tsp. = teaspoon/ 5mL.

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