If you have yet to try tempeh, now’s the time. This tempeh avocado toast is an easy, five-minute lunch or dinner and 100% satisfying.
Tempeh (pronounced “temp-ay”) is a soy product made of fermented soybeans. The fermentation process binds the soybeans together, essentially creating a block or cake.
Tempeh is made from whole soybeans, whereas tofu is made from soy milk. This means tempeh has more fiber, more protein, and is less processed. Since tempeh is fermented, it is easier to digest than tofu.
Think: as you digest beans, your body ferments them, which often leads to intestinal gas. If you eat fermented food products, some of the work is already done for you.
Although I love tofu, I much prefer the taste and texture of tempeh. It doesn’t need to be cooked and can be eaten straight out of the package, but I do like to broil it to make it extra crispy. It tastes nutty, salty, and altogether mouthwatering.
A little sprinkle of red pepper flakes adds a nice kick, complementing the sweetness of the avocado and salty tempeh.
This avocado toast is great for those weeknights when you don’t want to spend hours in front of the stove. But to be honest – I never want to spend hours in front of the stove. When I’m hungry, I want to EAT. And right now, I’m going to go eat some tempeh.
Avocado Tempeh Toast
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
This is an easy meal perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Spicy red pepper flakes complement the sweet taste of the avocado, and nutty, salty tempeh.
- ½ a medium avocado
- 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
- 1 slice whole-grain bread (gluten-free if necessary)
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 50g tempeh (3 thin slices)
- Begin by making the avocado spread. In a small bowl, add the avocado and lemon or lime juice. Mash with a fork until well combined.
- Toast the bread.
- Spread the avocado on the toast and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and fresh ground pepper.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place an oven rack on the highest possible level. Set the oven to broil. Put the tempeh in the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Watch carefully – tempeh can burn quickly.
- Place the tempeh strips on top of the avocado. Slice and serve.
Look for tempeh in the vegetarian section of your grocery store (where they keep the fake meats and tofu) or at your local health food store