Natural Foods Guides

Tempeh: What it is and how to use it

Tempeh fries

Tempeh, a traditional Indonesian food, is made of cooked and coagulated soybeans. Sold in cellophane-wrapped packages, it’s even higher in protein than tofu. Tempeh is also quite versatile, but has a more distinct flavor and a dense, chewy texture. Though somewhat of an acquired taste, once you do, you’ll be a fan for life. Pictured above, Tempeh Fries with Horseradish-Dill Mayonnaise.

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5 Simple Ways to Use Baked Tofu

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I’ve long considered baked tofu a great product and have wondered why it has taken so long to make its way onto supermarket shelves. It’s easy to find at any natural foods store, though, shelved with the more conventional tubs of tofu. If you’re unfamiliar with baked tofu, it’s a firmer, chewier, and more flavored variety. It comes in 8- to 12-ounce cellophane-wrapped packages and is ready to eat. The most prominent brands are Soy Boy and White Wave, both of which come in several delicious varieties. Here are my top 5 favorite ways to use this yummy product: more→

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Asian Noodles

Asian noodles, ginger, and garlic

Authentic Asian noodles to make them with are easy to find these days. Ten years ago, soba, udon, bean-thread and rice stick noodles, among others, were rare finds. Now, many well-stocked supermarkets carry them. Here’s a brief lexicon of the most commonly used varieties. more→

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Savoring Vegan Sausage

Soy-based meat imitators undoubtedly help ease the transition to a meatless diet for countless people who might otherwise succumb to cravings for “the real thing.” They usually contain only a fraction of the fat of their meat counterparts. And any product that inspires greater use of soy rates highly in my book. I resisted vegan sausages for a long time, as I was never a fan of sausages in my pre-veg days. I was pleasantly surprised by a unique taste and texture sensation. Not so much reminiscent of meat, they are rather complex, spicy, and hearty—a more grown-up version of tofu hot dogs. more→

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