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tempeh bacon for your valentine + a winner!

It’s that time of year; time to win over the one you love with…tempeh bacon!

Or, roses.

Or, chocolate.

But, if I were you, I’d stick with the tempeh.

Tempeh bacon

Marinated tempeh is a great alternative to having traditional bacon on a BLT (because you know you’ll want to use this for a BLT), plus, it’s much more animal-friendly and better for you!

When I first tried tempeh bacon, I was blown away with how awesome a replacement it was. It’s smokey and, honestly, such an easy swap to make for meat lovers. I avidly bought the tempeh that was already marinated and packaged to give it that ‘bacony’ flavour, until one day last week, I wondered why I wasn’t just marinating my own at home? So began something new.

You never know how easy something is until you try it…like buying roses the day before Valentine’s Day, so they don’t cost one-thousand dollars.

Tempeh bacon marinade

Makes: enough for one 250g package of plain tempeh, approx. 16 ‘bacon’ strips

Feeds: 2-4 people.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tamari/soy-sauce (lite sodium, GF)
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp molasses 
  • 250g package of tempeh (cut into strips; makes 16+ strips)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for frying

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients (minus the tempeh) in a large bowl, whisk, then place cut tempeh strips into marinade and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  2. When ready to cook: heat frying pan over medium-high heat, add oil and fry tempeh strips for 4-5 minutes per side (or longer if you want them extra crispy).
  3. Serve.

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And since you’ve marinated your own tempeh, why stop there? Help spruce up that BLT with a few extra toppings!

Toppings suggestions

Nothing says ‘Be Mine’ like smokey, bacon flavours titillating your taste buds. Too much? Or maybe I just really enjoy a good sandwich. Yup, that might be it.

And nothing says ‘Happy Weekend!’ like announcing a winner to the North Coast Naturals giveaway!

A huge congrats to Suzy S., who I’ve already notified, so check your email!! Congrats!

Everyone have a great day/night whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not. The hubby and I are having a date night tonight, which conveniently is falling on Valentine’s Day, but trust me, it’s not solely for that reason. We just really need some quality time together over a nice dinner!

Also, a very happy birthday to my niece, Ella, and my friend, Kara!! 

Question:

Valentines’s Day: yay or nay for you?

7 Responses to tempeh bacon for your valentine + a winner!

  1. Ohhh, yes!! I will most definitely be making this for BLTs!!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..Guest Post: Curried Vegetable Lentil ChiliMy Profile

  2. Does this have to be served warm? Is it good cold? We are in a bit of a rut for lunches to bring to work.

  3. Tempeh bacon is heaven. I really think I could eat in in a sandwich everyday. I had it in a “chicken bacon” wrap last week and fell in love – haha! I like Valentine’s Day. Just a good excuse to spend quality time with my husband. I think we’re doing takeout and a movie tonight :)
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  4. Mmm! That looks so good! I don’t think I’ll be able to find the tempeh bacon in the Netherlands though. Your photos are making me so hungry, too!

    Valentines day is pretty much ignored in my house – our anniversary is exactly a week later and that’s always a big-ish deal. Next week marks five years, so we will be doing Valentine’s day celebrations then.
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  5. YUM! I just pinned this and can’t wait to make it.
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  6. I have a similar recipe except I like to add chipotle powder, balsamic instead of ACV and a little tomato paste. I could eat my marinated tempeh everyday
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