Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My Top Bean: Rhapsody Tempeh.
My favorite bean. It's a tough choice. There's my coffee avocation. I'm a chickpea shareholder. But, alas, it has to be tempeh. It's my clear preference for protein.
Rhapsody Natural Foods has a line of Organic Tempeh that I am mad for. I discovered it at Essene Market, available in original, BBQ, and Teriyaki flavors. We brought home the original and BBQ, but I was skeptical about anything "BBQ flavored".
I prefer flavoring my tempeh and tofu myself, so I rarely buy the brands with marinade. I usually have most of the ingredients at home to make my own marinade, and I buy most spices whole so I can grind them fresh for the most flavor, so why spend extra for that "convenience"? Doing it myself allows me to control the seasoning and does not take very long.
I needn't have worried. The Smoky BBQ flavor was so right on - nothing artificial tasting about it. I did a quick grill, 3 minutes on each side, but this soybean baddie was ready to eat and even tasted great cold right out of the package. I served it with baked truffled sweet potato fries and crispy kale, then tried the leftover tempeh the next day in a wrap with grilled onions, portabellos, and hummus. It was a winner both ways. The texture of the tempeh is more satisfying than other brands that I have tried.
Mr. Vedge declared it a new addiction.
Now - to play around with the Original flavor.