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TVP - Textured Vegetable Protein

 

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) is a meat replacer or meat extender. It is a meat substitute made from soy flour that is high in fiber and protein. It is available in many flavors and sizes - giving you many options for use. TVP absorbs spices and flavorings so it works well in vegetarian soups, chili, casseroles, and so much more!

 

Textured Vegetable Protein is a dehydrated product. If you are using this as a partial or complete meat substitute, rehydrate it in order to keep the same consistency as the meat you are substituting. Like the other products, it is very easy to rehydrate, and once the TVP is rehydrated, you can cook your favorite meals. You also have to option to put the product on top of salads, soups, or pizza without needing to rehydrate them. It is low cost, but high in nutrients - which is what we like about it!

We have about 8 different Textured Vegetable Protein options to choose from as well as several mix options. Here is a list of all TVP products:

 

 

Along with that list we also offer Variety Sample Packs for TVP!

 

General Cooking/Preparations:

If you are looking to keep it in meat form to be used in tacos, pastas, or casseroles, you certainly can rehydrate the TVP and it's very fast a easy! Just follow these simple steps:

Consider the TVP products to be on a 1:1 ratio (one part product = one part water). Again this can vary, based on personal preference.

  1. Measure 1-2 cups TVP
  2. Measure 1-2 cups water and place in a tea pot or other pot and begin heating on high.
  3. When steam is coming off water it is warm enough to combine with the TVP product (water does not have to be boiling). Begin slowly pouring the hot water over the TVP while stirring constantly. Continue stirring constantly over medium heat until all visible water disappears.
  4. Remove TVP to safe bowl and continue to prepare meal just as you normally would.

Once you have found a product:water ratio that works best for you or a recipe you really enjoy, feel free to share it with us on our blog or facebook page!

 

 

 

Try Some of These Popular Recipes!

 

10 Minute TVP Tacos

(Recipe from About.com)

  • 2 Cups TVP
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • flour tortillas or hard shells
  1. In a large skillet heat water and add TVP. (Follow cooking instructions above)
  2. Add oil, soy sauce, peppers and taco seasoning. Stir well for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Mix in salsa and remove from heat.
  4. Warm up the tortillas or shells and serve!

Vegetarian Chili

(Recipe from About.com)

  • 1 can black or pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup TVP
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. In a medium-large soup pot sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the olive oil.
  2. Add in tomatoes, vegetable broth, and chili powder and stir well
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add beans. Stir occasionally and cook for at least 20 minutes (this can be a personal preference, the longer you cook chili the better). Ten minutes before chili is done cooking add TVP and water.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

 

Click here to view the entire list of TVP products that we carry!