Balsamic Maple Glazed Tempeh: #201 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Tempeh is a wonderful, meat-like patty that takes on whatever flavor marinade you give it. Popular in Indonesia, it’s made of fermented soybeans and is high in both protein and probiotics. This recipe is a slow marinating, slow cooking feast, with balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, soy sauce, and olive oil blending to delight the senses. Try something new this week! Many thanks to Oh She Glows for inspiration.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($7 total for 3 tempeh patties + sauce)

1 8 oz package of tempeh – $3.49

Marinade:
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar – $1.62
1 tsp garlic powder – $0.28
2 tbsp soy sauce – $0.20
1 tbsp maple syrup – $0.24
1 tbsp olive oil – $0.10

Sandwich sauce (optional):
1 tbsp mayonnaise – $0.10
2 tbsp ketchup – $0.13
1/2 tsp chili powder – $0.14
3 leaves basil, chopped up – $0.41

Directions

1. Rinse and pat the tempeh dry, then break it up into 3 chunks and put it in a coverable Pyrex dish. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients to make the marinade, then pour it over the tempeh. Turn the tempeh over a couple of times to coat it, then cover and put in the fridge overnight.

2. In the morning, turn the tempeh over again. When you’re about an hour away from lunch/dinner, take the tempeh dish out of the fridge and put it on the stove on medium low. The marinade will start to bubble and reduce. Turn it over every 10 minutes or so until the liquid is mostly dry and the tempeh smells amazing.

In a small dish, mix the sandwich sauce ingredients together to serve with the tempeh, if desired.

3. Serve the tempeh patties hot on dutch crunch rolls with tomato, kale, avocado, and the sandwich sauce. Or any burger toppings you like. So good!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 1 = >3 hours
  • Servings: 1 = <4 servings
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 14/18

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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