|Need protein in a hurry? Tempeh Triangles to the rescue.|
Enter tempeh. This versatile protein powerhouse is one of the less-processed soy products. I love its can-do texture: you can crumble it into stews or chilis, slice it and cook it as a tempeh burger, or cut it into squares for casseroles or stir fries. The sky's pretty much the limit.
One thing about tempeh is that you really need to steam it for 10 minutes before cooking it. Steaming removes any bitter residue and also primes the tempeh to graciously receive whatever sauce you are going to douse it with.
Yesterday, I was craving tempeh, but after having completed a 13-mile run and 2-mile walk back home from the trail, I needed a recipe that didn't strain my brain or take too long. I decided to make an old standby of mine, Saucy Tempeh Triangles. This recipes falls in the "pathetically easy" category. In fact, it's not really even a recipe; it's more like directions.
You can use any sauce you like it this recipe. When I am too tired to cook, I rely on store-bought Trader Joe's Kansas City Barbecue Sauce. Other tasty sauce ideas include:
- Any kind of pesto
- Any kind of hot sauce, if you are so inclined
- Marinara sauce
- Romesco sauce
- Curry sauce
|Tempeh Triangles, smothered in BBQ sauce and ready for baking.|
Saucy Tempeh Triangles
- 1 8-ounce packet of tempeh
- 1 cup of your favorite sauce
- Salt, pepper or other herbs, optional
Steam your tempeh: Cut the tempeh into about 16 triangles [or squares, whatever shape floats your boat]. Fill a saucepan with about 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Place the tempeh pieces in the steamer, then in the pan. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and steam for about 10 minutes.
Place the steamed tempeh pieces in a shallow dish, drown in your sauce of choice and marinate for at least one hour or overnight. [This is a great recipe to throw together before you leave for work.]
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake tempeh for 10 minutes, then remove, flip all pieces and ensure that all areas are covered with sauce, and then bake for 10-15 minutes more.