I finally got a chance to try the new soy-free hemp tofu from Tempt.
Soy gets a bad rep in the food world, and not all of it is deserved. My friend Tanya Sitton did a great piece on soy and health for Eat Drink Better, and I hope you'll give it a read. She looks at some of the critiques about soy and does some good, old-fashion debunking.
Soy-free tofu is something I've been interested in for a long time. Ever since making tofu with my girlfriends, I've wondered about making it from beans other than soy.
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I don't think that soy deserves the vitriol it gets in the media, but I'm partial to the idea of "everything in moderation." The thing is, I'm also partial to tofu. Dave and I probably go through three to five blocks of the stuff every week, and now that Darrol is doing finger food, we buy even more. Cubed tofu is one of my little guy's favorite things!
Hemp Tofu Review
I bought the Chimichurri seasoned Hemp Tofu from Tempt, and to test it out I had it for lunch. I prepared it super simply, just like I would a soy-based seasoned tofu: sliced into pieces with a side of Sriracha-avocado salad.
You guys, I wanted so badly to try this and fall instantly in love. I love tofu, and I love hemp's nutritional superpowers. I had visions of stir fries running through my head. Tempt's hemp tofu was kind of a let-down, though.
I think that calling this product tofu does it a disservice. It's texturally a lot more like tempeh, but I think calling it a mini hemp loaf would be more accurate. It has a grainy texture that I wouldn't have minded if I hadn't been expecting smooth, creamy tofu.
Wondering what gellan gum is? Read my piece on that ingredient at Eat Drink Better!
My friend Elena from Vegan ESP commented on Facebook when I mentioned picking up this tofu. She said she'd tried a different variety, and found it bland. I thought the chimichurri flavor was pretty nonexistant in the block that I picked up. It tasted a lot better after I doused it in balsamic vinegar and nooch:
Honestly, I'm not sure that I'd buy hemp tofu again. It's kind of pricey, and I'm not worried enough about the amount of tofu that I'm eating right now to replace it with something that I don't like as much.
Have any of you guys tried Tempt's Hemp Tofu? Did you like it? How did you prepare it?