Friday, September 12, 2008

Frugal Friday-TVP

In the last year our family has started using TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein) as a meat substitute. Not only is it healthier for you than meat but it also very economical. TVP can replace ground beef in most recipes. 1 oz of TVP is equivalent to about 3 oz of meat. I substitute 1 cup of TVP for a pound of ground beef. We use TVP in spaghetti sauce, Chili, and Sloppy Joes to name a few. There are many great recipes on the web that you can find. TVP is also great for camping trips since it is lightweight and no refrigeration is needed. A great source about TVP can be found here.

To rehydrate TVP add 7/8 cups of boiling water to 1 cup of TVP and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You can add bullion to give it more flavor if you would like. If the dish I'm making calls for a lot of liquid I reconstitute TVP with less water. It will soak up the other liquid in the dish while it cooks and will give the TVP better flavor. You can purchase TVP for about $2 a pound at most health food stores. We usually get ours at Whole Foods and a pound will last us for several months.

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1 comment:

Melissa Lester said...

I have never even heard of TVP, so I'm glad you told us about it. I will have to give it a try someday, maybe without telling my family. They tend to be very skeptical of trying new things. But you never know unless you try!