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What's the Deal With: TVP

What's the Deal With: TVP

TVP might sound like a new sexually transmitted disease, but it's actually a kind of food made from soybeans. The letters stand for Texturized Vegetable Protein, and it's produced from soy flour after the soybean oil has been removed. It's cooked under pressure, made into little shapes, and then dried. Once added to food, like vegetarian chili, the texture becomes chewy, and it absorbs flavors just like tofu. Add it to foods to increase the amount of protein and fiber, plus it's also high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Some varieties are fortified with vitamins, so it's a great way for vegans and vegetarians to get vitamin B12. TVP is dry, so it doesn't need to be refrigerated. That means you can buy it in bulk to save money, store it in an airtight container, and use it as needed.

You can buy it minced or in chunks for about $3 a pound, and some companies even sell flavors. Add it to soups, chili, stir fries, pasta sauce, casseroles, burritos, or pizza.

To see the nutritional info for TVP


Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories 80
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbs 7 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 12 g

Do you cook with TVP? If so tell me what you make with it in the comment section below.

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