Tempeh is made by culturing soy beans and then binding them into a “cake”. I love tempeh because unlike tofu it doesn’t give me major stomachaches. You see, tofu has sugars called oligosaccharides, which are basically short chains of sugars that most people malabsorb. But the cultures that are added to tempeh actually breakdown these sugars, making tempeh much easier to digest. I love it!
I really wanted to make tempeh bacon after seeing this recipe on Grace’s blog. I didn’t want to wait three hours though, since I wanted to test it at the demo kitchen where I work, so I found this (quicker) tempeh bacon recipe at Healthy Happy Life. I made it once and loved it, then thought it would taste fabulous as a BLT, but of course I made it with spinach so it should really be called a “BST”.
1-2 T maple syrup
1 T olive oil (plus 2 t for pan)
1 t liquid smoke (plus 1/2 tsp for “mayo”)
1 t low sodium soy sauce
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t black pepper
a dash of cayenne
1. Very thinly slice the tempeh. (** I didn’t cut my “bacon” as thin as the original recipe. I wanted a thicker bacon, personally, so I made it about 1/4 inch thick)
2. Combine all ingredients in a shallow dish.
3. Soak tempeh in marinade for 2-3 minutes.
4. Turn saute pan on high, add 1-2 tsp olive oil. Lay the tempeh flat on skillet. One layer only. Drizzle a bit of excess marinade onto skillet-it should be sizzling a lot now.
5. Allow to cook for 1 minute, then flip (** 2 minutes if you make it thicker like me **). Allow to cook for another minute on other side-or until both sides are crisp and browned.
6. Lay cooked tempeh on a plate to cool. Sprinkle with black pepper and thick sea salt to taste.
7. For a crisper tempeh bacon, do not pour excess marinade in skillet, and allow all liquid to steam off of pan while cooking.
8. Now its time to build the sandwich! First, mix together the Greek yogurt and 1/2 t liquid smoke.
9. Toast the bread, then spread the yogurt/liquid smoke evenly among three of the pieces of toast.
10. Place some spinach on each of the three pieces of toast with spread, followed by tomatoes, followed by 5-6 pieces of “bacon”. Then top with the other piece of bread.
(And I promise, you will enjoy this. I even had meat lovers who liked this recipe when I made it at work!)