A Different Kind of Vegetarian Chili
While planning a
healthy eating menu for the new year, I came across a recipe using
tempeh. I had no idea what tempeh was and even less of an idea
of how to cook with it. After some research, I found out that
tempeh is nothing more than fermented soybeans. Much like
tofu, tempeh is a fantastic vegetarian protein source. It has
a nuttier flavor than tofu but can also be better. This
www.veggiecoach.com/tempeh.html gives some great information
Although a great many
people steam their tempeh, I decided that I would lightly pan fry
thin slices of tempeh to use in my chili. This method of
cooking will remove any bitter undertones from the tempeh and allow
it to more easily absorb the flavors from the chili.
Most vegetarian chilis
consist of beans for protein and vegetables like peppers and squash.
Those ingredients are great but sometimes I want a different flavor
from my chili.
I took this Halftime
Chili Recipe and replaced the meat with pan fried tempeh.
What a different and exotic flavor! The texture was a bit
unexpected but I should have prepared myself for that . Tempeh
does not have the same texture as meat, but it does add weight just
as meat would to a dish. I will most definitely be using
tempeh as a meat substitute in my chili again. Now if I can
only convince my children to try it...
By Danna Vach