For Tempeh Bites with Curried Peanut Sauce, simmer tempeh cubes for 15 minutes with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sherry, minced fresh ginger, vegetable oil and crushed garlic. To make the dipping sauce, bring a mixture of water, chopped onion, minced fresh ginger and garlic, curry powder and turmeric to a boil and cook for one minute. Cool the mixture and add it to a food processor along with peanuts and fresh lemon juice. Process until the sauce is smooth. Serve dipping sauce along with tempeh cubes on skewers.
It’s also simple to add marinated tempeh slices to your favorite pastas or casseroles. Marinate the tempeh before sautéing or grilling it. Tempeh complements a variety of pasta sauces, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce, or Buffalo wing sauce.
If you’re looking for one more reason to enjoy tempeh as a meat alternative, remember that soyfoods are a healthful, cholesterol-free addition to the diet. When soyfoods replace common protein sources—which tend to be high in saturated fat—estimates are that the direct effect of the protein in soyfoods, along with the favorable change in the fatty acid content of the diet, can reduce cholesterol levels by 7 to 8%.