I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to foods that I love that are not the healthiest – like bacon. One of my fellow Tone It Up sisters on twitter (@FrancesGetsFit) posted a pic of a BLT using tempeh bacon. I decided to look for it the next time I was in Whole Foods. I didn’t see the brand she used (Fakin Bacon .. I think). But I did find some tempeh bacon.
It took me a week to get around to trying it. Not because I didn’t want to. I don’t cook bacon that often to begin with so I had to think about using it.
When I opened the box and took out the package, it looked like thinly sliced tempeh so I was really curious to see what they tasted like. I just used olive oil cooking spray and placed the pieces on there. Cooked it a couple minutes on each side. It was really very easy to prepare and it smelled just like bacon.
I served it with 2 egg whites on top of spinach.
So now for the taste….. It had a really great flavor – definitely tasted like bacon. The thing is, the texture. It wasn’t firm like bacon and it still felt like tempeh. It was a weird combo in my mouth. It went well with the egg whites and spinach though. I think that it would be great to crumble up and toss in a salad :-)
What I really liked was how healthy it was. 7 pieces of 1 serving!! I only had 4 and that was plenty. Only 1g of fat, 130 Calories, 3g of Sugar, and 5g of fiber!
Tempeh isn’t my favorite but it is great for a change. I’ve really opened up my mind to trying out new foods. It never hurts to try something out and I have been very pleasantly surprised with a lot of my new discoveries. So don’t be afraid to try out new foods and recipes :-)