I love tempeh. I am not a big fan of tofu, unless it’s used in a sauce or dressing, but tempeh is wonderful. Since it’s firmer than tofu, it’s perfect for making vegan nuggets.
Like tofu, tempeh is made from soy beans and is a minimally processed soy food. I try to stay away from (overly) processed foods and tempeh falls within the whole foods category in my opinion. But of course, my opinion isn’t good enough :-). Luckily, there’s a lot of research which shows the health benefits of consuming soy products like tofu and tempeh. Just to name a few, soy foods have been to found to protect against various cancers, including prostate cancer1, lung and stomach cancer2, 3, 4. I believe in the power of fruits and vegetables, so I don’t think you should eat soy all day long. If you eat a lot of fruit and veggies and eat soy in addition to those foods, it will provide health benefits and surely won’t harm your health. If you’re still worried about soy, remember that some of the healthiest populations in the world consume a lot of soy (including Eastern and Asian populations) and it is just a bean.
Like I said, I love tempeh. Tempeh is a firm soy product, which means it’s perfect to make vegan schnitzels or vegan nuggets! You can choose to simply cut the block of tempeh into small chunks and bread them, but I prefer putting the tempeh in my food processor and mix it with some spices. It just adds to the flavour of the nuggets. Full recipe below!