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We are not vegans or even vegetarians in our family. That being said, we do go plant based from time to time, just to ‘right’ the ship and give our digestion a change of pace and sometimes a needed lighter work load. Our ‘go to’ choice, and the one we reach for first is usually grilled or sautéed tempeh served over steamed veggies. Tempeh is fermented soy. As long is it is fermented, not GMO and is organic, it is good for you and won't affect your hormone balance in any negative way. This is how we make it, although there are other variations as well.
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
  1. Take the block and slice into thin pieces making straight lines of equal size.
  2. Put in a bowl and dust with the various spices and herbs.
  3. Heat a frying pan up and then add the oil. When oil is hot, add the tempeh.
  4. Cover the pan with a splatter screen, so it is safer and an easier clean up. Using tongs, turn the tempeh over when they begin to crisp and brown. I prefer these well done, but these are fine to eat a bit softer, they are fully cooked and not at all raw.
  5. When brown and crispy on both sides, remove with tongs on to some paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  6. Break up the tempeh over a plate of your favorite steamed veggies and top with any kind of cheese, (we use either parmesan or cheddar or feta) other spices, or just salt and pepper and either a drizzle of evoo or a tab of grass fed butter.
Recipe Notes


Tempeh is very high in both fat and protein while being fairly low in carbs, and is quite filling. Usually a little under a half a block is a full entree size. One block feeds two! Also works nicely for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

According to Dr Axe:

7 Tempeh Benefits
• Contains Probiotics. The consumption of fermented, probiotic foods has many benefits. ...
• Reduces Cholesterol. ...
• Increases Bone Density. ...
• Reduces Menopausal Symptoms. ...
• Provides Muscle-Building Protein. ...
• Contains Diabetes-Fighting Manganese. ...
• Treats Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases.

1 cup (166 g)
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18 g 27%
Saturated fat 3.7 g 18%
Polyunsaturated fat 6 g
Monounsaturated fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 15 mg 0%
Potassium 684 mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 16 g 5%
Protein 31 g 62%


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