Savory Tempeh Stew
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Tempeh is produced by a natural culture of
soybeans and sometimes other legumes, seeds, or grains. The process
is very similar to that by which cheese or yogurt are made. Tempeh
has a full-bodied, meaty texture and can be used as a main course
and substitute for animal foods in stews, soups, spreads, sushi or
sandwiches. It is readily available in natural foods stores. Tempeh
is high in protein, omega 3 oils, and B vitamins. Buy organic
to avoid GMO's.
Tempeh needs to cook 20-25 minutes to be digestible. Many recipes
(even the package) will tell you to pan fry on each side a few
minutes. It will be very hard on your digestive system and will not taste good
either. And please never eat it raw. If you want it fried, first simmer in water with kombu 20-25
minutes, drain and then fry. Kombu is a sea vegetable that makes all
beans and bean products easier to digest. It has no taste and I
recommend eating it.
One 8 ounce package organic
2-3 cps. vegetables cut in
big chunks: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, winter squash, turnips,
sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, rutabaga (any
1-2 inch piece kombu seaweed
1 tsp. dried marjoram
Toasted Sesame Oil
or Olive Oil
½ tsp. each
dried sage and thyme
6 cps. water
1/4 tsp. rosemary powder
1-2 TB. wheat
free soy sauce
1 tsp. Dried Mustard
Cut Tempeh into
bite sized pieces.
Heat the oil in a
heavy skillet, and sauté the tempeh until golden brown and drain on
Next sauté the
onions, marjoram, sage, thyme, rosemary and mustard powder. You may
have to add a little more oil to the pan.
tempeh in the skillet with the onions and herbs. Add a 1-2 inch
piece of kombu.
Add 6 cups of
water and bring to a boil.
Add the 2-3 cups
diced vegetables and the soy sauce, cover, lower heat, and simmer
for 20 minutes.
Dissolve kuzu or
arrowroot in cold water and stir into the tempeh and vegetables.
Stir until sauce thickens. Adjust seasonings; turn off flame and add
some chopped parsley or scallions for garnish.
You may need to
add more liquid depending on how many vegetables you use and how
much gravy you prefer.
I added some
broccoli florets the last few minutes of cooking this dish.
This savory stew
goes well with any cooked whole grain. I especially like it with
You can use
vegetable bouillon instead of soy sauce or tamari. I like Imagine
liquid bouillon or Rapunzel dried bouillon cubes.
Try my yummy
Tempeh Reuben Sandwich. More Tempeh Recipes to
be posted soon