If you know me, you know I love ferments. When food and beneficial bacteria combine, wonderful things can happen. Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite fermented foods that’s a good source of probiotics and protein…
Maybe you’ve heard of tempeh before? If so, it could be because tempeh’s gotten a lot of love and attention lately thanks to my hilarious friend Tabitha Brown. Check out her funny video here.
Tempeh is a patty made of fermented whole soybeans. It’s often consumed by vegans and vegetarians, but omnivores love eating tempeh, too!
Let’s examine a few reasons why tempeh is beneficial.
1. Tempeh can support your immunity. Tempeh contains probiotics which are helpful bacteria that help shield your insides from pathogens and harmful bacteria, boosting your overall immune function.
2. Tempeh can help stabilize your blood sugar. Because tempeh has plenty of protein and fiber, it helps slow the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream, preventing those dreaded spikes and crashes in energy due to unstable blood sugar.
3. Tempeh can support good bone density. Tempeh contains calcium, copper, Vitamin K, and Vitamin D which work together to prevent bones from getting weak. So if you want to build strong bones, eat your tempeh today!
Ready to eat more tempeh?
Vegetarian Tempeh Tacos
(About six servings)
2 (8-oz) packages of unflavored tempeh
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tomato, diced
1 fresh jalapeño, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 taco seasoning packet, low sodium
salt + pepper to taste
6-8 soft tortillas or hard taco shells, your choice
salsa, extra tomato, hot sauce, cilantro, black beans, lime wedges, avocado
Crumble tempeh into a large mixing bowl. Then mix in the garlic, tomato, jalapeño, onion and seasoning packet.
Coat a skillet or frying pan with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Once heated, toss in the tempeh mixture, adding a little water if it seems too dry. Flip tempeh-vegetable mixture a few times so that it browns evenly. It’s ready when vegetables are tender and tempeh has crispy edges. It should take about 10 minutes.
While tempeh is cooking, prepare tortillas or taco shells following the directions on the package.
Fill tortillas or taco shells with tempeh and vegetable mixture and top with your choice of toppings listed above. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: If you suspect you have histamine intolerance, it may be best to avoid ferments. Please check with your doctor or healthcare provider.
Tempting Tempeh Tacos!