99.9% of my food choices are fueled by cravings.
That extra .1%? It’s reserved for the instance that I crave something I just can’t have.
Like a BLT.
I haven’t had a BLT in over 6 years. Yet, oddly enough, it’s all I can think about lately. I blame blog world and food network for taunting me with this fabulous sandwich laced with crispy forbidden bacon. Yes i’m entirely too dramatic for my own good. I could have bacon if I wanted to… but I don’t want bacon… I just want a stinkin’ BLT!
I wanted this silly sandwich so badly that I broke down and decided to try my first ever slice-o-tempeh. This was the only variety of fakin’ bacon I could find, and it seemed pretty harmless hiding out in its little cardboard box.
But Wait… What on earth is tempeh!?
Tempeh (/ˈtɛm.peɪ/) is a traditional soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. Tempeh has a complex flavor that has been described as nutty, meaty, and mushroom-like. [Thanks Wikipedia!]
But did it work?
Consider my craving crisis [finally!] adverted.
Pan-fried fakin’ bacon, vegan mayo, toasted sourdough, crispy romaine lettuce and garden grown roma tomatoes are a match made in BLT heaven! Seriously. I expected to hate it so much that I had a back-up lunch ready. So you can imagine my surprise when I realized it rocked! The tempeh bacon was super hearty and crisped up around the edges while staying tender and meaty in the center. Total success! Which is fabulous… because now I can stop contemplating changing my entire diet/lifestyle over a sandwich. Phew.
Have you tried tempeh before?