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#1 Old 01-30-2007, 01:38 PM
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I am curious to find out how easy/difficult it is to cook w/ tvp. It's supposed to be pretty good for you, but I have never bought it or anything.
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#4 Old 01-30-2007, 01:41 PM
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Any chance of elaborating?
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It's simple and easy. Just toss some into chili, soup, sauces...



It has a neutral flavor and doesn't require any special attention.
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well, you add it to soup or a bean curry or something. it needs water.

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I make Skyline Chili with it. You can put it in soup, traditional chili, spaghetti sauces, etc.

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I use it as a ground beef substitute. It reconstitutes & can be used in anything like tacos, meatloaf, chili, etc.



Whole Foods sells it in bulk; it's pretty cheap.
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It is the cheapest/easiest thing ever to replace ground meat.

Reconstitute it in equal parts liquid and TVP, OR just add it to things like soups and tomato sauces. It doesn't really taste like anything though, so make sure whatever you're adding to it/adding it to has flavour.

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I cook with TVP quite regularly. Tonight I put it in paella. I added tamari, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric and oil to the boiling water and then I roasted it in the oven to really bring out the flavors. It was awesome! This is the recipe in case anyone is interested...http://www.vegcooking.com/recipeshow.asp?RequestID=1028

I just used TVP instead of the protein mentioned in the recipe.
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is tvp essentially isolated soy protein?
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yes.

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Wow. Not terribly helpful posts. I thought the purpose of this forum was for discussing and getting further information...
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Wow. Not terribly helpful posts. I thought the purpose of this forum was for discussing and getting further information...



Notice I did make an informative post just a moment later in the thread. So sorry you don't share my sense of humor.
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Wow. Not terribly helpful posts. I thought the purpose of this forum was for discussing and getting further information...



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#16 Old 01-31-2007, 08:54 AM
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I've tried, but I don't care for the taste, and it upsets my stomach.
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I like TVP i've had it in veggie tacos one time at my friend's house but i usually just get "veggie ground round." Where do you buy the stuff?
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I buy TVP in bulk at the co-op and cook with it regularly. I reconstitute with water and use it in chili, soups, tacos, lots of stuff. its definitely a lot cheaper to buy the tvp in bulk and season it yourself rather than buy the packaged seasoned "crumbles" or veggie ground round stuff.
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I cook with TVP very frequently. It's extremely cheap in bulk at Whole Foods. I mostly make chili out of canned tomato paste, water, onions, jalapenos, garlic, cumin, salt, and a couple of different cans of beans and corn. Just put all of that stuff in a pot and heat, adding water until it's the consistency you like and the TVP has soaked up all the flavor of everything.



With leftover TVP chili, I smash refrigerator biscuits out flat, put a spoonful of chili in the middle, fold it over and seal with a fork and bake. Easy empanadas.



Don't be afraid of TVP. It's like, the easiest vegetarian protein to cook with ever.
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i've tried cooking with plain tvp, i thought it was gross... if you must have it, i recommend buying the veggie ground stuff, at least it's sort of masked/flavored.



but i thought tvp wasn't that great for you, cuz it's altered soy protein...
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#21 Old 01-31-2007, 11:23 PM
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It is very easy to use, and fairly cheap. I don't use it much any more because I'm just not enamoured of the stuff. Sometimes I'll throw it into flavoursome stews or the like where it's easily disguised but generally I just try and get my protein elsewhere. I did make a pretty awesome curry pie* the other day with some tinned TVP I was given but frankly I think it would have been just as good with curried vegetables alone.



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I did make a pretty awesome curry pie* the other day with some tinned TVP I was given ...



I thought TVP was the dry, dehydrated soy-protein stuff that comes in chunks? I have some canned (tinned) stuff that says 'wheat gluten product' - is it basically the same then?
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#23 Old 02-01-2007, 08:50 AM
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The wheat gluten product is basically seitan, which is not the same as TVP (which is made from soy).
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#24 Old 02-01-2007, 09:07 AM
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^^ OK, thanks, that confirms what I had always thought as well.
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I thought TVP was the dry, dehydrated soy-protein stuff that comes in chunks? I have some canned (tinned) stuff that says 'wheat gluten product' - is it basically the same then?



The brand I get (Sanitarium) has the dry, basically unflavoured stuff, and tinned, flavoured varities. Basically it's the same thing, they just go through the rehydradtion step for you and shove it in a tin. Awful stuff, looks like dog food and tastes like cardboard with a veggie stock cube added to it. Sanitarium also puts out a tinned wheat gluten variety, too.

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#26 Old 02-01-2007, 08:16 PM
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i hate curry and i hate chilli.

i would definitely like to see a book written on recipes for tvp though. it seeemed to have potential when i tried it, i just suck at being creative i guess
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#27 Old 02-02-2007, 07:32 AM
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There is a TVP cookbook...



"The TVP Cookbook" (How original!)
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#28 Old 02-02-2007, 11:13 AM
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i hate curry and i hate chilli.

i would definitely like to see a book written on recipes for tvp though. it seeemed to have potential when i tried it, i just suck at being creative i guess



Yea I am so not a fan of chili either. I was trying to use something other than soy since it gives me lots of gas. It seems TVP is made from soy-drats.
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#29 Old 02-02-2007, 10:28 PM
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nkace: What did you want to use TVP in? Depending on the recipe, use seitan (wheat gluten) or crumbled tempeh (not all tempeh is soy).
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