What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is hands-down my favorite soy food. Not only is it a versatile ingredient, but I love its taste and texture. For those new to tempeh but familiar with tofu, I liken tempeh to blue cheese as tofu is to regular cheese. Tempeh is a cultured or fermented soy product that offers healthy nutrients to our gut. It has a higher protein content than tofu and is rich in iron and calcium. Tempeh takes on the flavors that accompany it.

How I Enjoy It

My preference is to include marinated and baked tempeh in sandwiches or salads. I also pan fry crumbled tempeh and add it to marinara sauce or use it in a faux “egg” salad with Greek yogurt, mustard, dill or basil, and pickles. This sandwich is stacked with fermented and probiotic-rich foods – Swiss cheese, kimchi, pickles, and of course, tempeh. While my sauce isn’t fancy, I like the mild flavors with the more intense kimchi. Enjoy and have a napkin handy.

P.S. This was a sandwich made for mama. I haven’t sold Kimchi to the kiddos yet – however, 2/3 kids do love baked tempeh on its own!

 

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Tempeh Reuben With Kimchi


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x

Ingredients

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Tempeh: 

  • 1, 8 oz. block of tempeh, sliced into 1/2” strips
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T. dijon mustard
  • 3 T. maple syrup
  • 1 t. garlic powder

Sauce: 

  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. chopped pickles or pickle relish

Sandwich Components: 

  • 8 slices whole-grain or sourdough bread, toasted
  • 1 c. Kimchi
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.