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Ok i got some dry TVP at the health food store today. i never bought it in this form. do i have to put it in water before i do whatever it is im going to do with it?<br><br>
i got granules and chunks.<br><br>
i plan to use some for tacos/burritos..........and chili........and the chunks somt kind of stew.
 

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I like mixing lots of cumin, salt, and chili powder in TVP then adding boiling water and adding it to tacos or burritos.<br><br><br><br>
It's also really good in chili.
 

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I made a delicious black bean soup/chili with some today in my crockpot.<br><br><br><br>
16 oz. dried black beans, rinsed and soaked overnight<br><br>
6 cups vegetable broth<br><br>
1 chopped onion<br><br>
6 cloves minced garlic<br><br>
1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes<br><br>
1 cup of tvp<br><br>
Cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper as you please<br><br><br><br>
Rinse the beans and discard the soaking water. Mix all the ingredients in the crockpot, set on low and let cook for at least 8 hours. Serve with rice, or with corn chips and whatever toppings you like - we did some sour supreme and salsa. Very delicious, easy, and cheap!
 

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I defiantely wouldn't reconstitute it in just plain water. I've only used it once in chili but made the mistake of using just plain water & not doing it in like a veggie broth or with spices mixed with the water, and it tasted REALLY bland.<br><br><br><br>
So if your thinking about doing it for tacos, I would use OregonAmy's tips about adding the seasoning to the water!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
Michelle
 

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<a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7476.0" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7476.0</a><br><br>
this is an awesome recipe that you can play with the seasonings you add to change the flavors.
 

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Thanks for all the ideas and recipes! I am definitely trying them all! We did burritos like oregonamy tonight and they turned out great!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> w00t<br><br><br><br>
you can add a seasoning packet too but I think most are not vegan - the Bearitos ones are, though.
 

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after you get it seasoned and flavored the way you like it, then you can make tortilla dough, put it in the middle and fry it.......TVP empanadas!!! I am sure there is a formal recipe for this somewhere.
 

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What's the ratio of water to tvp that is need to reconstitute it?<br><br><br><br>
Last time I made something (that wasn't chili) with TVP, I used too much water and it wasn't fully absorbed. Blech.
 

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here's another thread on tvp:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=40179" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=40179</a><br><br><br><br>
I use about a 1:1 ratio; maybe just slightly more water.<br><br><br><br>
And I always use boiling water to reconstitute.
 

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I second what Amy said/ Always use boiling water/liquid. It makes the final product more tender.<br><br><br><br>
I fully reconstitute my TVP and drain before adding to any recipe. That way I know it'll be plenty 'soft' and have absorbed as much liquid as it needs...
 

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I usually do something like a 1:1 ratio and drain any excess water. I use plain water to reconstitute, but then sautee the TVP with seasonings and a little soy sauce.
 

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Okay I have TVP... and I need to use it.<br><br><br><br>
I was thinking of grinding it into powder form, adding some vegetables like bell peppers and onions. Then add hot water and olive oil... make it into a meatball?<br><br><br><br>
Or do you have to mix it with hot water and seasoning? Does it thicken after adding water? or does it become soupy??
 

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I have never ground it. I know the granuals "grow" once water is added. I have made a meatloaf out of them. I didn't reconstitute to the recommendation. I reconcsitituted until it "felt right". I added a little, hand mixed, added more, etc... until it was right. That might be an option for you too. It wasn't "firm" as it would have been with beef, but if I did it again, I might add flour to make it more "firm". I would also make it a little dry since the meats "Fat" cooks off. With TVP, that doesn't happen so dryer is better. Good Luck
 

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Try reconstituting it with some Italian spices and adding it to marinara. Makes for great spaghetti! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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yeah, great as a pasta sauce.<br><br><br><br>
So i grounded the TVP, with red bell peppers, cilantros, green onion, then mixed it with olive oil, white flour, salt, blk pepper, spices. It smelled great but it tasted bland. I forgot to add in ginger/garlic/chili.<br><br><br><br>
I made it as a veggie pattie. Not bad for a start!! I cant wait to make more tomorrow!
 
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