TVP Recipe: Spaghetti Topper or Sloppy Joe Mix
This TVP recipe has become one of my families favorites.
TVP is the short version for Textured Vegetable Protein. Left on its own it is boring. Add some spices and other flavors and it is a wonderful addition that is my go to ingredient for lots of my meal planning recipes. TVP is a product of spinning soy beans or other vegetables into fibers and dried. It is a good substitute for meat. It can be formed into patties but our favorite way of eating it is on top of our spaghetti.
Grace’s T.V.P. Recipe
- TVP – 10 oz package.
- I buy Bob’s Red Mill at Vitacost.
- Garlic Powder – 2 tsp.
- Seasoning of choice – 1 TBLS
- I use McCormick Grill Mates SmokeHouse Maple
- Vegetable Broth – 1 cup
- You can substitute 1 cup hot water with a dissolved vegetable broth cube.
- Worcestershire sauce – 4 tsp.
- *Optional All Natural Wrights Liquid Smoke Hickory – 1/2 tsp.
- Read about Liquid Smoke to see if it is right for you.
- Olive Oil – 2 tsp
Put TVP, garlic powder and seasoning of choice in bowl and mix.
In a separate container add combine vegetable broth, worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke together and stir.
Add liquid to dry mix and stir until no liquid remains.
Set bowl aside for 25 minutes and then stir well with a fork.
Use a large skillet on medium heat with 2 tsp of olive oil. When oil is heated add the amount of TVP mixture you want and brown for about 5 min. I add mine in small batches and brown. This makes a lot so sometimes I set some aside to cool then put it in the fridge to use for another meal.
When I make spaghetti I heat my pasta sauce separately and we layer ours on our plate as noodles, sauce and TVP on top. When making sloppy joes then I add the sauce with the TVP and put it on buns.
This is also a great addition to use in chili.
This is one of my favorite recipes and
experimenting with different spices makes it taste completely different.
I love our new vegan lifestyle and the food we create in our kitchen. I am learning every day to explore and experiment with new spices that enhance and not over power the taste of our food.
Spice Up Your Vegan Dishes
I encourage anyone just starting their vegan journey or stuck in a routine of vegan foods to investigate the spice aisle of your favorite store and experiment.
If you want a food to taste like fish then use those spices used for sea foods. The same with poultry and meat dishes. Always check you labels before buying but most generally these blends are made from salts, herbs, spices and contain no meat.
The truth is that the base of most vegan dishes like tofu, TVP and Okara are bland. Turn that into a positive by using spices.
They really soak up the flavor of the spices turning your dish into a recipe that everyone will be asking you for so they can fix it too. Get creative with those vegan dishes and try some new spices.