tempeh taco salad
I made this Tempeh Taco Salad at our Presence Retreat a few weeks ago. It was a huge hit! We had an amazing time preparing, cooking, and sharing the food together. Many of the attendees had never tried tempeh or quinoa before, and they were pleasantly surprised how much they enjoyed them both.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, tempeh is a fermented soybean that originated in Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and a controlled fermentation process that includes adding a tempeh starter, which is a mix of live mold. When it sits for a day or two, it becomes a cake-like, fermented food product. Tempeh is becoming popular, and today more and more grocery stores hold tempeh products. This is because tempeh is known to reduce cholesterol, increase bone density, reduce menopausal symptoms and promote muscle recovery. In addition to these amazing benefits, tempeh has the same protein quality as meat and contains high levels of vitamins B5, B6, B3 and B2.
Quinoa is another amazing superfood. Quinoa is the only plant-based food to be a complete protein all on its own – meaning it contains all the essential amino acids that humans need. I like to cook up a large pot of quinoa (usually in my Instant Pot or rice cooker) and keep it in the refrigerator for the week. I like to eat it as a porridge in the morning for breakfast, in my salad for lunch, and as a substitute for rice at dinner (not usually all in the same day — but sometimes!)
I love to eat this salad with my Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing. Admittedly, I like to eat it on just about everything, but it is especially well-suited for this recipe.
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