So there is so much conflicting information on soy products. Most of them are not so positive. This is what I think, anything processed is (mostly) bad. Hence, any processed soy is (mostly) bad.
Fermented and sprouted is better than not. When I do eat soy, we try to have it sprouted (most of the tofu I buy is sprouted) and fermented (fermented tofu is called tempeh).
So tempeh seems to be a better “regular soy”. The problem is though that tempeh has such a strong taste! And not incredibly pleasant if you ask me 😛
BUT, no need to fear happygut warriors, I have discovered a secret! You basically need to eat tempeh with a super awesome flavourful sauce.
This sauce makes the cut times a billion! So tasty!
Here she is!
4 T red miso paste
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tahini
*1 t herbes de Provence (you can also make your own – see below)
1 green chilli
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon or apple cider vinegar
1. Crush green chilli and garlic gloves together
2. Whisk all ingredients together, adding water a little bit at a time if you feel like it’s too thick.
You can add the sauce you your grilled or baked tempeh! I like to whatever veggies I have handy (carrots, beets, leeks, chard) and bake it with the tempeh for about 20 minutes and then add the sauce on top (I even add avos sometimes!). DE-LIC-IOUS!!
Adapted from Care2
Herbes de Provence recipe
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried savory
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried lavender
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
1 crushed bay leaf
I’ve made this cake so many times and it ALWAYS tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
PLUS it is super quick and easy to make.
1-1/2 cups buckwheat flour
1 cup sugar (brown sugar, coconut palm sugar, natural cane sugar)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine sea salt
2 tbsp chia + 6 tbsp water (or 2 large eggs, at room temperature)
⅔ cup melted coconut oil (or other good quality oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups mashed VERY ripe bananas
⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips (use vegan & gluten-free if that’s what you fancy)
¾ cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) – optional
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and oil a 9-inch (23 cm) square metal baking pan.
2. Combine chia with water and set aside
3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add chia + water mixture (or eggs if using), oil and vanilla to flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just blended.
5. Gently stir in bananas, chocolate chips and nuts.
6. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I used the same icing as I used for Chocolate Cake #1
This is my official go to tofu recipe. So quick, so easy an SO DELICIOUS! Takes 10 mins to prep and about 20 to bake (which you can bypass if you don’t care about the baking, tofu doesn’t have to be cooked!).
1 lb extra firm tofu
2 Tbsp Braggs liquid aminos (or less salt if you don’t have)
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
Fresh ground pepper to taste (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Drain tofu (I usually put tofu between 2 plates and place something heavy on top)
3. Oil a flat baking pan or dish
4. Cut tofu into blocks
5. Place tofu in pan
6. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl until it is a cream like consistency
7. Add a little water to thin if needed
8. Pour mixture over tofu and bake until lightly golden – about 20 minutes
Adapted from Savvy Vegetarian