Smoked Tempeh ‘Bacon’

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If you’re plant based or vegan, the one excuse that you hear all the time from people for not being plant based is “bacon”.  Typically the conversation is, “plants are nutritious, and meet all the requirements for maintaining the health of your body”, the response to which is “But bacon”.  For some reason people love their bacon.  Well, let me assure you, you can go vegan and still get your bacon fix with options like this tempeh bacon.  I’ve done and seen many other types of vegan bacon, but this one is pretty easy and hits all the notes for smokey and savory.  So the next time bacon is the response, hit’em with a piece of this tempeh (not literally of course).  The piggies will thank you.

 

Ingredients:

8 oz package organic tempeh
1/4 cup organic tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp liquid smoke
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground cloves

How to:

Steam block of tempeh for 10 minutes and cool.

Combine all marinade ingredients in medium size bowl, and mix well.

Slice tempeh into thin strips. Place slices into mixture and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, flipping the slices once to marinate both sides.

Add a little marinade to a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add tempeh slices and cook until crispy on the bottom. Turn to brown the other side. Add more of the remaining marinade and cook for a few more minutes until caramelized. 

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