Sunday, October 27, 2013

Have you tried TVP?

Some of you are scratching your head right now wondering what TVP is. It's okay, I didn't use to know what it was either. It's "textured vegetable protein" aka soy meat. It's an affordable way to pack your diet and storage with all the protein that traditional meat offers without the price. 

I shared a Chicken Enchilada recipe earlier this year using Chicken TVP. For casseroles you hardly can tell the difference if at all. It may be an easy swap out for some of your favorite family meals! Here's the truth though. You are either a TVP person or you're not. If you're not - that's totally fine and this post isn't for you. If you aren't sure either way let me tell you about Taco TVP. It's my favorite of all the TVP's out there and here's maybe a surprise... you probably have eaten it before from one of your favorite national fast food Mexican restaurants! 

Order a #10 can (or pantry size if you're feeling less daring) and try it out on your family without them knowing it! I did and it totally passed the test. My kids and husband didn't blink an eye.

My *biggest* suggestion for you is to NOT prepare it as directed on the can. Say, what?! Yep, if you do it that way it'll be tasteless mush. Use my recipe and directions below and you'll be on your way to happy Fiesta Dinner night bliss.

Taco Night (with TVP)

1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil (I use Olive Oil)
1 Cup of Thrive Taco TVP
1 Cup of water plus 1/2 cup of water
1 Tablespoon of Thrive Freeze Dried Chopped Onion
1 Tablespoon of Thrive Mixed Bell Peppers
2 Tablespoons of Thrive Freeze Dried Corn
10 Corn Tortillas
1-2 Cups Refried Pinto Beans (I love to use Thrive Instant Pinto Beans)
Topping Options: Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Salsa & Sour Cream

Grab a large skillet and a little bit of cooking oil, heat and then add onions, peppers, corn, etc of your choice. I used my freeze dry staples since I don't have to worry about waste. I usually add them in dry and brown a bit then add 1/2 c water then cook most of that water out. Next up add in your Taco TVP and stir around with your veggies for a minute or two. Add water, stir and let the water cook out stirring occasionally. Once most of the water is out turn off and remove from heat, and cover for a few mins while you get the rest of your toppings and beans all ready. Then serve. This is one of the easiest dinners we serve. Feel free to skip on the veggies if they'd be a deal breaker for your kids. We mixed our taco meat in with refried beans for my children so they were even less noticeable. I love sneaking in healthy stuff!

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  1. I haven't tried browning the tvp. I will have to give that a go. I like the convenience of the taco tvp, but I agree It could use more flavor.

  2. That picture is incredible Julie! Makes me really want to give the taco TVP a try!