Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Textured Vegetable Protein - TVP

What is TVP?? Textured Vegetable Protein is a high-protein, low-fat meat substitute made from soy flour. TVP is available in bulk at health food stores. It looks like yellowish, crumbly flakes.

We use a lot of TVP in our recipes. Pretty much any recipe that calls for ground meat can be substituted with TVP.

To use TVP, first reconstitute it in boiled water, broth, or even tomato juice. We prefer broth because it adds a nice subtle flavor to the dish.

Mix equal parts boiled liquid and TVP, stir, then let stand until water absorbs. You can use a little less liquid if your recipe is saucy and you want the TVP to absorb some of that. In recipes, use about 1 2/3 cups of reconstituted TVP to substitute for 1 pound of ground beef.

TVP is a very thrifty way to add protein to your meals. We pay around $1.80 per pound for TVP and TVP is about 4 1/2 cups of flakes per pound. When reconstituited, that will make enough to substitute for about 3 pounds of ground beef.

So, that comes out to about 6o cents per recipe "pound" for TVP!

Compare that to ground beef which this week at my grocery store (Harris Teeter) is 4.29/lb for 85% lean ground round. Morningstar Farms crumbles, another meat substitute, are 4.59 for 12 oz.

If you aren't quite ready to go all the way with TVP in your recipes, try using 1/2 TVP and 1/2 ground beef and see how it works for you!

See some recipes here and here that substitute TVP for meat.

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Rachel said...

Wow, I've never heard of TVP before, what a great idea! I really hate the price of meat, so I just might try this out!

Amy said...

Interesting. I'll have to look for this the next time I go to the health food store. Thanks for the tip!

Amy ~ The Salty Momma

momstheword said...

I haven't tried TVP but I have some in my cupboard. I do plan on trying it. We've had lentils and rice several times (baked or as tacos) and so far they've been a hit!

Veronica Lee said...

Hi and welcome to MBC! Great blog!

mub said...

I haven't been able to find TVP here, but I've still got my eyes out for it because I'm really curious to give it a try!

Susan said...

If you can't find TVP in bulk at a health food store, you might be able to find the Bob's Red Mill brand. Kroger carries a lot of Bob's Red Mill stuff in their health food aisle.

Angela said...

I have found it at Winco in the bulk food section for $1.64 per lb. I have made tacos and sloppy joes with 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 TVP. My family (of 10) didn't even notice it, and had I not made it I wouldn't have known either. It was good!

Susan said...

Angela-- I like the idea of not advertising your "innovation"! That might be a great way to get some picky eaters to try something new!! LOL :)

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