Take on this summer with the eye of the tiger… TigerNuts that is. I am not talking about animals or nuts, Tiger Nuts are a root vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals taking over grocery shelves around the country.
Organic Gemini, a Brooklyn NY based company, is dedicated to sharing the news behind the benefits and deliciousness of TigerNuts through a line of products ranging from Horchata, protein powder, raw TigerNuts and flour. What’s the big deal? Well this tiny root vegetable (resembling a Barbie sized soccer-ball) is designed to improve and reboot your gut health, while being a gluten free, nut-free, dairy- free, soy- free alternative for many of our pantry staples.
TigerNuts contain digestive enzymes including, lipase, catalase and amylase, which work together to improve the functionality of our micro biome improving digestion. In addition, TigerNuts contain prebiotic fiber, known as resistant starch, which help your body produce and feed probiotics that allow your body to effectively absorb the nutrients in your diet. Not to mention adding high fiber foods to your diet will increase your ability to burn fat while making you feel fuller longer.
In addition to the fire in your belly, TigerNuts’ high amounts of Vitamin E and potassium can improve your heart health while improving your hair and nails. Find out more about about TigerNut's health benefits here.
The best part? Organic Gemini has created fresh and delicious ways to add TigerNuts into your diet through their expansive product line. I can’t get enough of the original and sliced TigerNuts, they are great for snacking, adding to salads and granola bars. But their new addition of TigerNut Flour has stolen my heart. The gluten free flour has a delicious nutty flavor that adds a depth of flavor to your dish without effecting the texture of the final product.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy TigerNut flour and slices is with my Nutty Tempeh Strips. The strips are packed with protein, fiber, probiotics and omega 3 fatty acids, making them the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches or as a snack on their own!
Nutty Tempeh Strips
yield about 12 strips
1 block tempeh, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 inch peeled ginger
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (amino acids or tamari)
1/2 cup water
1 tbs ground flax
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup + 1 tbs TigerNut flour
1/4 cup sliced TigerNuts
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut tempeh into 1/4 inch pieces, I prefer cutting them diagonally across the block, but you can cut them straight across or into triangles.
- In a medium sauce pan over med- high heat, add garlic, ginger, soy sauce and 1/2 water. Add the cut tempeh and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
- As marinade simmers, prepare the dredging mixture.
- In a small bowl mix together flax, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbs TigerNut Flour. In a shallow dish combine Sliced TigerNuts, TigerNut Flour, chili powder and salt. Set aside.
- Transfer marinated tempeh onto paper towels to pat dry.
- Place tempeh to the flax mixture to cover both sides. Transfer tempeh into the nut + flour mixture flipping the strips to cover completely.
- Place coated tempeh on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake strips for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.
* Strips can also be pan fried over medium heat, approximately 2 minutes on each side or until TigerNuts are golden brown.
Serve immediately or store in an air tight container for up to 4 days.
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