Curious about tempeh or looking to try some new tempeh recipes? Tempeh makes a great meat substitute in a variety of dishes. Here's a few of the most popular vegetarian and vegan tempeh recipes to try.
Tempeh makes a great meat substitute in basic dishes such as vegetarian tacos! This is a simple recipe which spruces up the tempeh with a quick preparation in Mexican flavors such as cumin and cilantro. Add the rest of the taco fixings, and mix yourself a margarita to accompany your south of the border, cholesterol-free feast.
Here, tempeh is transformed into a healthy vegetarian and vegan version of a Chinese restaurant favorite - sweet and sour. Tempeh simmers with pineapples and peppers in an easy homemade sauce of tangy vinegar and sugar. This is a great recipe to explore the versatility of tempeh as a substitute for meat in any number of dishes. Here, the sweet and sour tempeh is shown plated on a bed of Israeli couscous for a nutritious meal.
If you're looking for an easy vegetarian and vegan tempeh recipe to try, it doesn't get much easier than this. Pre-simmered tempeh is brushed with barbecue sauce and baked to crispy tangy perfect. It couldn't get easier. Use this easy barbecue baked tempeh recipe to fill up a vegetarian sandwich, or pile it up next to macaroni and cheese and cole slaw for a Southern-inspired comfort food meal.
Feeling like you need a protein boost? Vegetarian chili is always a high-protein dish, but adding tempeh in makes it even more so. The chewy texture of tempeh lends itself well as a stand-in for meat in any chili recipe, so toss some in to your favorite chili, or, try this tempeh chili recipe with lots of beans, spices and bell peppers. If you like meatless chili, here's another vegetarian tempeh recipe to try.
Most vegetarians enjoy the taste of mock chicken, and this tempeh recipe is no exception. It combines traditional chicken salad ingredients - including mayonnaise, celery and a touch of curry powder - with tempeh instead of chicken. Serve it on a bed of lettuce, or between lightly toasted bread for a chicken salad sandwich. This is one of those recipes that will do best made ahead of time, so it has plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator, allowing the tempeh to soak up all the flavors.
A simple tempeh stir-fry with bell peppers and onions in a teriyak-based sauce. Pair it with Serve rice, noodles, quinoa, or another whole grain for a complete meal, or if you're in a hurry, use instant rice or quick-cooking rice noodles.
Like other meat substitutes, tempeh works great as a filler in Mexican dishes such as burritos, tacos and enchiladas. This chipotle burrito recipe simmers the tempeh and beans in a spicy chile and chipotle sauce, then wraps up the mixture in a soft flour tortilla with the burrito fixings of your choice.
Crumbled steamed tempeh mixes with flavorful veggies, spices and breadcrumbs to make a homemade vegetarian tempeh patty that can be used to make veggie burgers, or topped off with a vegan tartar sauce and a side of mashed potatoes and veggies for a meat-like main dish. This simple vegetarian tempeh patty recipe is a great introduction to the versatility of cooking with tempeh.
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