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Facon Bacon

4 servings

Source: Rising Flour Café, Asheville, N.C.; published in The Best in the World, edited by Neal Barnard, MD

Tempeh comes from fermented soybeans. It has a great texture and is very versatile. Find it in the refrigerated section near the produce.

About the Recipe

118 Calories · 11 g Protein · 2.2 g Fiber
Gluten-free · Nut-free

Tempeh is a high-protein alternative to meat.

Not all soy sauces are gluten free, so check the label. Tamari is usually safe.


Makes 4 Servings

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp (0.6 mL) ground black pepper
  • 1 c (240 mL) water
  • 8 oz (227 g) tempeh, sliced into bacon shapes


  1. Toast fennel and cumin in a dry skillet over medium heat.

  2. Grind the spices and return to the skillet.

  3. Add soy sauce (1 tbsp [15 mL] may suffice), garlic, black pepper, and water. Set skillet to simmer.

  4. Add the sliced tempeh and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Then place the tempeh on a nonstick or oiled cookie sheet and broil until crisp (about 7 to 8 minutes), then turn and broil again.

  6. The marinade will keep for one week refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1/4 of recipe)

Calories: 118
Fat: 6.3 g
     Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
     Calories from Fat: 48.2%
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Protein: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 6.9 g
Sugar: 0.9 g
Fiber: 2.2 g
Sodium: 198 mg
Calcium: 79 mg
Iron: 2.1 mg
Vitamin C: 0.9 mg
Beta-Carotene: 21 mcg
Vitamin E: 0.4 mg

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