All of January I am focusing on eating light and healthy and adding more protein to my diet. Being vegetarian and depending on plant based protein I have few great options and tempeh turned out to be my great companion this week. It was my first time I was cooking with tempeh. Even though I have tried tempeh couple of times earlier but I always thought it was too raw for my palate and in my endeavor to eat more protein I learnt the technique to cook tempeh to bring out the cooked crispy texture of it and I realized it’s a good plant based protein to add more variety to my menu.
As it is freezing outside and temperatures have dropped drastically. All I crave is for a clear lightly seasoned soup with fresh vegetables. Of course some protein to make it a complete meal. While I was walking through the aisles of whole food. I found a great variety of tempeh. Therefore, I decided to select original tempeh. I heated a nonstick frying pan and greased it well with cooking spray. Covered it with tempeh pieces. Feel free to cut tempeh pieces as per your choice. I diced it in elongated shape just for fun. I cooked them on a low – medium flame and kept turning to all sides at intervals until they were crispy and golden brown in color. They looked beautiful and well cooked. Absolutely the way I wanted these tempeh to look like 🙂
Then to make my recipe extremely simple and family friendly and not to forget keeping the time crunch of a weeknight, I warmed up the vegetable broth (I used store bought broth for convenience and to use them up before expiry, you can use homemade broth as well). Added sliced onions and crinkled carrots (don’t cook carrots too much because the crunchy bites of carrots makes this soup even tastier). Flavored it with fresh herbs and seasoned this soup with mild spices. Just before serving I added pan seared tempeh pieces to the soup and served immediately. Within minutes delicious Pan Seared Tempeh Soup was ready to satisfy my hungry tummy. Refrigerate this for 2-3 days and use as and when desired. Just make sure to warm it enough. My recommendation would be to consume it fresh in order to enjoy the freshness of the herbs.