Mar 282012

tempeh-tacosTempeh is super high in protein and fiber and a good source of calcium and iron. It’s made from soy, like tofu, but has a different texture and nutritional properties. Tempeh is made from the whole bean, so is higher in protein, fiber and vitamins than tofu and is also easier to digest. It is a complete protein food that contains all the essential amino acids.

Many brands that are available in the West contain grains and spices.

In addition to being very nutritious, it is tasty and easy to prepare.

Tempeh Taco Recipe


1 (8 ounce) package — I used Trader Joe’s Organic 3 Grain Tempeh.
1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
1 1/4 cups water
8 taco shells or soft tortillas

Toppings to choose from:

  • salsa
  • lettuce, shredded
  • onion, diced
  • tomato, sliced
  • refried beans
  • peppers, sliced (red, green, yellow, orange)
  • guacamole
  • avacado
  • cilantro

Directions for Tempeh Tacos:

1. Crumble tempeh. Fry tempeh in frying pan until brown, stirring occasionally.

2. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook gently until thickened.

3. Put in taco shells or tortillas and add toppings to taste.

Other uses for tempeh

If you are looking to increase your whole foods intake, add tempeh to your meals — it’ss a great plant-based protein. Include it in:

  • stir-fry
  • chili: tempeh can be grated
  • crumble into soups
  • saute
  • grill / BBQ / bake: marinate in BBQ or soy sauce first
  • in a salad
  • cut thin for a sandwich


Trader Joe’s Organic 3 Grain Tempeh

I like the earthy, nutty taste of Trader Joe’s Organic 3 Grain Tempeh. It is made from soybeans, rice, barley, and millet and is fully cooked and can be eaten as is.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1/2 package | Calories: 240 | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 10mg | Carbohydrate: 16g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: less than 1g | Protein: 20g

Tempeh is a delicious and healthy addition to any meal. To buy it online, check out our online health food store. To help get you started, I’ve shared my Top 25 Shopping List.

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