One of the main complaints people have about soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.) is that it’s always trying to be something it’s not. That’s a complaint I hear about vegetarians a lot, too — why try and make something taste/feel like meat when it’s not meat? To me, it makes sense. You would season chicken or beef, so why not season tofu the same way. It’s just easy.
As for why you’d make something taste/feel like meat, that’s something I’m still grappling with. Especially because something with a similar texture to real meat actually creeps me out to the point where some meat substitutes are just out for me. So for this recipe, I didn’t try to make the tempeh anything it’s not. No seasons that I think will make it taste like chicken, just flavors I thought went well with the subtle bitterness that tempeh can have. Just wanted to celebrate this rogue chunk of tempeh I found in my fridge.
This would make a fantastic sandwich or lettuce wrap, but I also just enjoyed scooping it up with crackers. It’s sweet and tangy plus it has a little crunch — you really can’t go wrong anyway you want to eat it. And like most scoopable salads (sandwich salads? I can never figure out what to call stuff like this…), it tastes even better the next day.
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Nut Thins. All opinions are my own.