Looks aren’t so deceiving. Tempeh not just looks like meat, but in my opinion has an even better way of taking on the flavors of seasonings. So you won’t be missing out by substituting this healthy vegan “meat” option for tacos, pasta, soups, etc. Just add whatever marinade that matches the cuisine (see examples below).1
Turn oven to broil. Slice tempeh into small pieces, place in bowl and crumble further with fingers. Add marinade and mix well. Spread into flat oven-safe baking dish so that tempeh is no more than 1/2 inch thick. Place in oven and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Stir well and cook for additional 3-5 minutes (depending on strength of broiler). Remove from oven and add to your favorite dish!
Here are some examples of marinades:
Sweet-Thai Seasoning (great with Tahini Miso Soup)2 T Nama Shoyu or Soy Sauce 1 T Maple Syurup 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar 1-2 tsp. of mixed herbs & spices (e.g. including fresh ground pepper, star anise, ground coriander, basil, and/or crushed red pepper)
Italian-Seasoning (great with Pasta Pesto)1 T dijon mustard 1 T Honey 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar 1-2 tsp of mixed savory herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, sage, etc.)
Mexicali- Seasoning2 T Lime Juice 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar 1 T Agave Nectar 1-2 tsp. of mixed herbs & spices (e.g. cumin, black pepper, paprika, coriander, oregano)