meatless main: maple orange tempeh

 maple_orange_tempeh

Maybe you are thinking "Maple Orange WTF?" Meet tempeh! If you are meatless or enjoy a meatless night (or lunch) once in a while, you and tempeh should be besties. Tempeh is "a traditional soy product that is originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty." (Wikipedia)

Tempeh trumps tofu in the protein & fiber department because it's made from the whole soybean, and its fermentation process means it's more digestible than other soy foods, so you get more of the vitamins & minerals soy can offer with less gastrointestinal upset (Are soy milk farts a clinical condition? I'm not joking. Google it.).

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Thanks to our amazing YogaFlex trainer (and vegetarian) Suzanne for this yummy autumn-flavoured vegetarian/vegan recipe! Suzanne served this  tempeh as a meatless protein with cauliflower, peas & baby potatoes on the side. Yum. Or try it as a topping for a lunchtime salad, with veggies atop a bowl of brown rice or quinoa, or as a meat-free side with eggs this weekend! Your arteries will thank you.

Maple Orange Tempeh

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3-4 large oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or white wine
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 small garlic cloves, crushed
  • roughly 10 ounces of tempeh (or extra-firm tofu)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a handful of cilantro leaves

1. Combine the orange juice, ginger, tamari, vinegar/wine, maple syrup, red pepper flakes and garlic in a bowl; set aside. 2. Cut tempeh into triangles, then slice each triangle down the middle so they are thinner -- you should have about 8 triangles. 3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the tempeh, cooking for about 4 minutes per side. 4. Add the orange juice mixture and cook for approximately 10 more minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to a glaze.