I am pretty skeptical when it comes to fake meats, there is a few I find tasty, but more often than not, I avoid them.
Tempeh is made from culture soy beans. I have had it a few times and my local health food store carries various flavors. I had been reluctant until this point to try the tempeh bacon, but curiosity got the better of me.
The tempeh is seasoned with various spices to give it a rich, smoky taste. I threw it on my indoor grill to bring out the flavors.
First, I added it to one of my epic veggie dogs. I spread veganaise on the buns, and topped with mustard, ketchup, diced onions & olives and finally, the tempeh bacon. This was an amazing combination!
I wanted to incorporate the leftover bacon into a pasta dish. I made a batch of my vegan alfredo sauce and topped it over some brown rice pasta. I also sauteed some mushrooms, spinach and diced bits of the tempeh bacon in olive oil. This was a great combination. There was a little bit of the smoky taste in each bite, which contrasted well with the creaminess of the sauce.
I will definitely be thinking of more ways to use tempeh bacon!
Fake meats can be good or really, REALLY bad! I pretty much avoid them because they’re so heavily processed with very long ingredient lists. And they’re not very common here unless I shop on post. Glad you found something you like.
I try to be pretty selective about the ones I pick, sometimes I can get lazy and go for the junk, but overall, I really try to limit them.
I sometimes cave and buy the tasty ones even though I know they have all kinds of crap in them. I wish there were more options that taste good but aren’t pure processed junk. If I ever see the one you pictured I’ll be sure to pick it up!
I tend to love all these processed foods, although I don’t indulge too often (or when I do, it’s just a tiny bit)… I know how bad for me they are, but I figure a treat once in a while is ok 🙂
I definitely think they are OK once in awhile, too. I can’t seem to get enough veggie dogs.