Monday, November 19, 2012

Eggs & Tempeh Bacon

So there's no denying that bacon is great. This was one of the only meats that I ate before I became vegetarian, in fact. I miss it sometimes, but not really anymore since making tempeh bacon. Its just that awesome.

Fried Eggs and Tempeh Bacon
8 thin slices of tempeh (about 1/8 in)
2 Eggs (ideally organic)
Toppings of choice (Salsa for me)

Marinade for Tempeh:
2 Tsp Agave Nectar
2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Hickory flavored liquid smoke
2 Tsp Soy sauce
pinch of cumin
pinch of smoked paprika
pinch of garlic salt
fresh pepper

1. Put all marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir up till all incorporated. Add the sliced tempeh in and soak it on one side for 3 minutes, then flip it and soak the other side for another 3 minutes.
2. Add a tablespoon of Olive oil to a large skillet and heat it till quite hot- frying temperature. Add the tempeh in and fry on one side until it is browned, then flip and fry on the other til it is equally browned.
3. Put on a plate and fry up the eggs, serve all together. Its delish!

Health Benefits:
Tempeh- a probiotic food, tempeh is antibiotic against certain bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, which produces pneumonia and sepsis. It is incredibly high in protein, nutrients, and has a good amount of fiber. All in all a very healthy happy mean replacement!
Agave Nectar- Has a low glycemic index, which can help smooth out your blood sugar levels. It is 3 times sweeter than processed white sugar, which means you don't have to use as much of it.
Eggs- high in protein, eggs are great for your eyes and have been shown to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, they are low in saturated fat and are a true brain food due to their high levels of Choline, which helps regulate the brain, nervous and cardiovascular system. They are one of the only foods high in natural vitamin D as well.


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