Not Just Tofu

TVP needs TLC

In Cooking Tips, Recipe on May 27, 2010 at 2:28 am

So what is TVP?  TVP is texturized vegetable protein or dehydrated tofu sold in 3 form which are  granules, chunks or chips.  The easiest of the 3 to use is the granule version.  Why?  In carnivore world, ground meat is the best bang for you buck because you can morph into so many things.  One minute ground meat is a burger, the next a meatball and then taco meat.  TVP granules are like that except it doesn’t taste as good until you give it TLC.  When I started using TVP, it was in its’ chunk version.  Let’s be honest, the chunk version looks like dog food gone wrong.  Unfortunately dog food is what it resemble once I worked my”magic” on it.  Alvin told me on past occasions that it looks like dog food and that is when I knew that I had to conquer this substitute. 

Recipe: Meat Sauce

  • First you have to figure out the water to granule ratio, which 1:2 or 1 part granules to 2 parts water.  After rehydrating them in a boiling water soak, I drain them and really squeeze the water out.  
  • Saute my trinity of diced onions, garlic and peppers and add them to your granules.   I added a good quality tomatoe sauce and let it cook for thirty minutes. 
  • When done cooking the sauce, serve with your favorite pasta and top with Parmesan cheese. 

Recipe: Simple TVP Taco Filling

  • Soak  and squeeze the granules as described above   
  • Add sautee trinity of onions, peppers and garlic
  • Season mixture with 1/2 a packet of taco seasoning
  • Simmer according to taco seasoning packet
  • Serve as you would meat filling

These recipes are tried and true crowd pleasers among kids, adult meat eaters and vegetarians.

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