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Smoky tempeh on a piece of bread

Smoky tempeh bacon

Smokey, salty and a little sweet tempeh bacon. While it doesn't taste exactly like bacon, this tasty treat will hit all the same flavor notes and leave you feeling happy and energized with all of the protein.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tempeh, tempeh bacon, vegan, vegan blt
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

Instructions

Simmer the tempeh

  • Pour water into a sauce pan about halfway full.  Add the veggie bouillon cube and turn the heat on high to get the water to boil. Once the water starts to boil, turn heat down to medium and bring the water to a simmer.
    1 veggie bouillon cube
  • Cut the tempeh in half and add to the simmering broth on the stove. Simmer for 15-30 minutes. This will get rid of the bitter taste of the tempeh and infuse it with some more flavor.
    1 package tempeh
  • Once the tempeh has simmered, take it out of a sauce pan and put it on a cutting board.  Cut the tempeh into bacon sized strips.

Marinate

  • Place the cut tempeh into a tupperware dish with a lid and add the soy sauce, tahini, maple syrup and liquid smoke.
    1 package tempeh, ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon tahini, 2 tablespoon maple syrup, 2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Place cover on the tempeh and gently tip the tempeh upside down so that the marinade covers each tempeh strip. Let this marinate for at least 30 minutes, overnight is best.

Pan fry

  • Add 1 TBL of oil to a skillet and heat up the pan on medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Add a few tempeh strips.  Drizzle on a little of the marinade.  Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until tempeh becomes a little caramelized and golden brown.

To serve

  • You can eat this with some tofu scramble in the morning, or throw it in a vegan breakfast burrito, sandwich or casserole.
  • Or layer this on some bread with some vegan mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato to make a vegan BLT sandwich.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Smoky tempeh bacon
Amount per Serving
Calories
170
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
993
mg
43
%
Potassium
 
303
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
3
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
82
mg
8
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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