TEMPEH.That deliciously nutty meat alternative with a mild mushroom flavor that makes me go weak at the knees. In honor of my recent official switch to veganism, and of one of my favorite new tastebud tinglers…
So, first off, I prefer using the refrigerated tempeh as it has to be pasteurized before being sold and can generally be found in most grocery stores (I buy mine from Publix where one “steak” runs about $3.99 and can make 3-4 burgers). The frozen version is harder to find and must be cooked longer but is healthier. Secondly, I must note that there are several ways to cook tempeh. It can be steamed, pan fried, etc. I chose to pan fry mine as that method helps get it a bit crispier.
The whole cooking process takes less than fifteen minutes from start to finish:
1. Cut a slice of tempeh that is approximately the size of a burger patty off of the steak. Wrap the remaining tempeh tightly and store in your refrigerator. 2. Turn a burner onto medium-high heat. Place a pan on the burner and coat it with extra virgin olive oil or an appropriate substitute. 3. Add one to two tablespoons of both lemon juice and soy sauce (I suggest low sodium as salt is also being added) to the pan quickly. If you wait until the oil gets too hot, it may begin to spit and lead to accidental burns. 4. Place the tempeh slice into the pan. Wait until one side starts to darken to a light golden brown. Flip the tempeh slice. Season the cooked side that should now be facing up with spices (note that cajun seasoning can be replaced with a ground pepper that adds a bit of heat or removed completely for a less spicy result). Flip once both sides are a golden brown and season the other side. Flip one more time and allow the seasons to soak some flavor into the other side. **Adding spices after the tempeh has browned a bit helps prevent them from burning. 5. Toast a bun. Add the tempeh. Top with tomato slices, sprouts, ketchup, and mustard (Plochman’s is by far the best imo and is cheaper than most mustards). 6. NOM.
SO GOOD and so, so, so much easier than previously anticipated. Also, a suggestion for future improvement: adding guacamole/avocado and veganaise, mainly just because they’re both super delish. Happy cooking!
P.S. Please do not judge my excessive use of ketchup. I sort of have a problem.
Hand-Packed Black Bean Tempeh Burger.
Cooked black beans, crumbled tempeh, scallions, home mixed hamburger seasoning.
Packed together and cooked on 375F for 15 minutes, broiled for 2 minutes
Fresh romaine lettuce, white onions, daiya cheddar, and vegan special sauce.
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I just wanted to address something after having a conversation with a friend and realising there is a slight misconception when it comes to protein, as well as getting it from plant based sources.
Our recommended protein intake daily is 0.8 grams per kg of body weight. The average woman aged 19-70 needs roughly 46 grams daily. Some people think we need 100g or some crazy high amount, but unless you’re doing strenuous exercise or activity, we don’t need much more than 46-48.
The second misconception is that vegetarian or vegan diets make it hard to obtain protein. I just logged my breakfast and lunch into tracking website, and before even adding dinner or snacks I have already eaten 51 grams of protein. All I’ve had is homemade cereal, oats and almond milk. Completely plant based, very high-carbohydrate foods, and I have already met the RDI before 1pm. Dinner is usually a much more protein-rich meal, including things like lentils, spinach, broccoli, beans, mushroom, tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers, etc, but even with simple grains my needs have already been met for the day.
As long as you’re eating nutrient rich foods and eating sufficient calories (i.e. 2000-2200+ daily), it is practically impossible to be protein deficient.
Vegan story: how HCLF can turn into an eating disorder
When I went vegan about 10 months ago it was one of the best decisions of my life. I loved veganism, finding new vegan foods, watching youtubers, and getting involved in the vegan community. Mentally I was in one of the best places I had ever been and had completely stopped counting calories. I would eat every new vegan food/treat I could get my hands on. A month or so it I started to get more involved in the health aspects of veganism and decided to be HCLF after being inspired by youtubers/bloggers. It was great at first and pretty much the only change I made was that I stopped cooking with oil. I was still happily eating avo toast/sushi, big smoothies, oatmeal and pb, and pretty much anything else I wanted to. Then one day I came across a video talking about how you should keep your fat intake below 10% of your daily intake. I’d never heard of this before but being a perfectionist I immediately incorporated this new “rule” into my eating. I don’t know exactly when it happened but pretty soon I had spiraled out of control(and I had no idea that I had). I started obsessively checking labels at the grocery store for fat/oil content and would only buy things under 2% fat. I would watch youtubers daily and copy their ideas for the “perfect” meal. I stopped eating natural fats like nuts, avocados, and coconut. I stopped drinking any sort of non dairy milk, except for the occasional “treat” of low fat soy milk. I stopped eating tempeh, tofu, veggie burgers, and any other sort of mock meat in fear of their fat content. I stopped eating any beans but black/kidney because the others had “too much” fat. At my lowest point I stopped eating oatmeal and even brown rice. I would yell at my parents if they tried to cook me something with oil and usually refuse to eat it. When I went out I wouldn’t let myself have any vegan treats/ baked goods and if I went to a restaurant I would pick the thing that sounded the lowest in fat instead of something I really wanted. I was so controlling about my food that I would get anxiety from eating the “wrong” food or treating myself. I had gone completely obsessive into the idea of HCLF to the point that it was controlling my life and was all I could think about. I started cancelling plans with friends or specifically pick restaurants that I knew had my “safe” foods. I was CONSUMED by the idea of being the perfect healthy vegan and couldn’t let myself live my life. It is such a dangerous thing to ever peg certain foods as “bad” and I feel as though it is not talked about enough in the vegan community. RT4, HCLF, etc. may make some people feel great but for others it can take over especially when there is a past of disordered eating. Those 8 months of my life are ones that I will never get back and it still haunts me today to the point where I can eat these foods now but sometimes I still get sent spiraling into the idea that I will get fat and that I was not “good” that day. I’ve never really shared my story but I have been feeling really strongly lately about how extreme HCLF really needs to be talked about in the vegan community. It is never ok to cut out a food group completely and you should never think that certain foods are bad or should be feared!
Sharing this for me is very scary and (even though I don’t know most of you) I was inspired by @toethefinishline , @championsaremade , @tamarhope , and @plvntstrong after watching/reading about your own struggles so thank you guys :)