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Marinated Tempeh with Roasted Grapes and Fennel

Roasting marinated tempeh, grapes and fennel.

Dinner, Vegan | 10th March 2020 | By

If you’re after a quick-to-prepare, delicious and nutritious vegan meal, do try this marinated tempeh with roasted black grapes and fennel. Stuff it into wraps with some salad or serve it with green vegetables and a baked potato.

In true Fat Tuesday tradition, I cleared the house out of milk, butter, eggs and all things dairy after pancake day. Following on from Veganuary I want to eat even more vegan food than I usually do for Lent.

Sometimes I try and give something up for Lent and sometimes I don’t. This is one of the years I’ve decided to honour tradition. I’m fasting and following the 16:8 diet. This means I’m no longer eating my beloved breakfast and I must say I’m missing it. The plus side is that I’m cooking lots of delicious evening meals, so that we don’t feel we’re missing out. This marinated tempeh with roasted grapes and fennel is one of them.

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is one of my favourite protein sources. I’m truly shocked to find I don’t have a recipe on for it on Tin and Thyme. It’s a traditional Indonesian food, the origin of which is a little uncertain. Most tempeh is made from soya beans, though fava beans work well too. And, apparently so does wheat. But  I have no direct experience of wheat tempeh.

Although it’s sometimes likened to tofu, it’s really quite different. The beans are first cooked then inoculated with a fungus, Rhizopus oligosporus. They’re left to do their thing in a warm place for a day or so. This process binds the beans together. At the same time it breaks them down and makes them much easier to digest.

Roasting marinated tempeh, grapes and fennel.

You end up with a white block that looks similar to a piece of brie. It’s firm and chewy rather than soft and it tastes really good. Unlike tofu, it already has a good flavour, sort of nutty, but almost bacon like when you fry it. I often fry slices of it without any additions at all. But like tofu, it responds well to a marinade.

CT used to make it many years ago and it was the absolute best. Sadly, I’ve been unable to persuade him to restart. I have to confess it is a bit fiddly and time consuming. So these days I buy it. This has been made easier as supermarkets now sell it. Or at least our local one does. It used to be very hard to get hold of indeed and the quality wasn’t always that good. Luckily things have improved a lot.

Is Tempeh Good For You?

The answer is a resounding yes. Tempeh is high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Particularly high, it seems in iron, calcium and riboflavin. Weight by weight, tempeh contains over twice as much protein as tofu. It’s also low in sodium, fat and carbohydrates which makes it an ideal vegetarian or vegan food.

Marinated Tempeh with Roasted Grapes and Fennel

So this marinated tempeh with roasted grapes and fennel was one of the first vegan dishes I made for Lent. Oh my, its good. A lovely combination of chewy tempeh, jammy grapes and fresh sweetly fragranced fennel.

Fennel bulb and a bunch of black grapes.

It’s a very simple dish to make. You just need to roast up an onion, a fennel bulb and some black grapes along with some sprigs of thyme or rosemary. Take them out of the oven after fifteen minutes or so and give everything a good stir.

Fennel and Grapes Ready for Roasting.

Roast for a further fifteen minutes when the onion, fennel and tempeh should be cooked and brown around the edges and the grapes shrivelled and jammy.

Roasted marinated tempeh, grapes and fennel.

Use the marinaded tempeh to fill wraps along with some salad and maybe vegan mayonnaise or some avocado slices. Alternatively serve it with a jacket potato and some cooked greens. I’d love to hear what you’d like to accompany it with.

How to Marinade Tempeh

One of the really good things about tempeh is that it will soak up a marinade in just a few minutes. This means you don’t have to plan too far ahead. Nor do you have annoying bowls of stuff lying around and taking up space in the kitchen. All you need to do is mix up your marinade ingredients, then cut your tempeh to size, add and stir. Leave for ten to fifteen minutes with an occasional stir and it’s good to go.

Marinated Tempeh

Tempeh will take lots of bold flavours, but copes well with more subtle ones too. Tamari or other soya sauces marry particularly well, as does ginger, garlic, chilli and smoked paprika. I’ve gone for quite a simple marinade for this recipe with only three ingredients: tamari, vinegar and chilli powder.

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Marinated Tempeh with Roasted Grapes and Fennel

A quick-to-prepare, delicious and nutritious vegan meal with a lovely combination of chewy tempeh, jammy grapes and fresh sweetly fragranced fennel. Stuff it into wraps with some salad or serve with green vegetables and a baked potato.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fennel, grapes, marinade, tempeh
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 364kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 150 g seedless black grapes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary

Tempeh Marinade

  • 200 g tempeh
  • 1 tbsp tamari or shoyu
  • 1 tbsp mild vinegar such as sherry or balsamic
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper use double the quantity if you like a bit more warmth in your food

Instructions

  • Set the oven to 200℃ (400℉, Gas 6).
  • Whilst the oven's heating up, prepare the veg. Peel the onion and slice lengthways into eight.
  • Wash the fennel, trim the ends then slice into fingers.
  • Place the onion, fennel and whole grapes in a roasting tray. Drizzle the olive oil over the top, then sprinkle on the salt. Tuck the herb sprigs in amongst the fennel. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile marinade the tempeh.
  • Mix the tamari, vinegar and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Cut the tempeh into bite sized chunks, throw in the bowl and stir until all the chunks are covered. They should soak up the marinade in the fifteen minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Take the veg out of the oven, chuck the tempeh in and give everything a good stir. Roast for a further ten minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and give everything a good stir. Roast for a further five minutes when the onion, fennel and tempeh should be cooked and brown around the edges and the grapes shrivelled and jammy.

Notes

Use to fill wraps along with some salad and maybe vegan mayonnaise or some avocado slices. It would also be good with a baked potato and green veg.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 4mg

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16 Comments

  1. angiesrecipes

    10th March 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Love tempeh! This is a wonderful combo of flavours, Choclette.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:06 am

      Tempeh is just fabulous stuff. And this recipe is really simple but so good.

      Reply
  2. Michelle Rolfe

    10th March 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever had tempeh before. But such an interesting combination and I do love fennel so next time I see this somewhere I must try it. Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Michelle

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:07 am

      I’ve only seen it in supermarkets in the last year or so. Before that you could only get it in health food shops and specialist suppliers.

      Reply
  3. Mary

    10th March 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Thankyou for this. I have known about tempeh but never known how to prepare and eat it.
    I shall be on the lookout for it now as it sounds rather yum.
    Hope you come up with some more ideas soon. Will hopefully munch on some for the weekend.
    Thanks Choclette! :))

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:08 am

      Well as you’ve probably gathered from my post, I really like it. It’s really good sliced fairly thinly and just fried in a good oil.

      Reply
  4. sherry

    11th March 2020 at 1:31 am

    oh crumbs. i haven’t had tempeh in years! when i lived in a student share house, we were all vegos and/or vegans so tofu and tempeh featured heavily along with yoghurt, sweet potatoes and potatoes. those were the days…

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:09 am

      Loved hearing how you lived in a veggie student house. Sounds like fun. But you’re not veggie now are you?

      Reply
  5. Catherine

    11th March 2020 at 2:56 am

    This is a perfect meatless option for Fridays during Lent. I’ve not made tempeh before but this sounds so good! I’ll have to give tempeh a try sometime..I’ve only ever used tofu but I think they are quite similar.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:11 am

      You can certainly use tofu and tempeh in a similar way, but they’re not that similar in taste, texture or production.

      Reply
  6. Swathi

    11th March 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I am yet to cook with tempeh I will try this only roasted grapes and fennel sounds perfect treat to go with tempeh. great diary free dish.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th March 2020 at 7:38 am

      It’s a really nice combination of flavours and makes a nice change from normal fare.

      Reply
  7. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    12th March 2020 at 11:29 am

    How wonderful that you had home made tempeh – we had a stall selling it at the farmers market which tasted really good but it is no longer there. I love the sound of this combination.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th March 2020 at 7:25 am

      Yes, it was really good. CT made the best tempeh. It’s so annoying when you source a good product and then it disappears. But things seem to come back around again, so maybe another tempeh stall will appear at your market one day.

      Reply
  8. Leslie

    12th March 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never had tempeh but this dish is so intriguing to me! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th March 2020 at 7:26 am

      No it’s sad, tofu has definitely stolen the limelight and left it’s cousin languishing in the shade.

      Reply

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