Fakin’ it and tasting good.
It may look like a science experiment but it makes for a tasty version of vegan ‘bacon’.
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’ :
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.
-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.