Friday, January 19, 2007
Tempeh & Lightlife Part I
Two things to post about today. First, more recipes for ED&BV. These are Sweet and Sour Tempeh with Sweet Potatoes and Coconut Lime Basmati Rice.
Still tweaking the sweet and sour recipe, and it can be made as a side dish without the tempeh. Also, if you prefer, the tempeh can be swapped out for tofu or even seitan. The rice dish is finished - though, I could test it over and over - I love eating it! The two dishes complemented one another perfectly, with the creamy rich rice balancing the tangy, sour sauce coating the tempeh and sweet potatoes.
With this recipe test, I used Lightlife Organic Flax Tempeh. Like some other bloggers, I received a sample box of products to try. There were a few items I was eager to try, and this was one of them. I was quite impressed with this tempeh. It's taken our family a little while to accept tempeh, mostly because some trials it has tasted a little bitter and even marinades couldn't mask that flavor.
(As a tip, you can simmer tempeh for 15-20 minutes in a couple of cups of vegetable broth to help draw out some bitterness. This helps, though sometimes the tempeh loses its firmness.)
I didn't simmer this Lightlife tempeh, and tasted little to no bitter flavor which really pleased me. One less cooking step! If you don't need to simmer the tempeh, that makes cooking a whole lot faster and simpler.
Unfortunately this and the other varieties of Lightlife Tempeh are not availabe in our area, which really is too bad (for me!), because with this first trial I prefer the clean taste of this tempeh to the other variety I can purchase here.
If you are interested in trying some of Lightlife's products, they are offering $1 off coupons here. I will do a "Part II" post about some other Lightlife products soon, including their Tempeh Bacon, Ranchero Tortilla Wrap, and their Smart Chili.