TVP: The New “White Meat”

I found my new love…TVP: Textured Vegetable Protein. With the right favorings, you can some great dishes for your family without them knowing it is not “real” meat. I used it in sloppy joes, Mexican rice dish and meat loaf. My family was never the wiser. They ate it like ground turkey. If you are trying to reduce your food budget, you may want to try this. Check out this recipe for sloppy joes. Let me know what you think. Remember…add your own flavor to the recipe.

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Vegetarian sloppy joes are perfect for vegetarian or vegan kids! Sloppy joes are fun (and messy!) to eat, and kids love them for lunch, picnics or dinner. This vegetarian sloppy joes recipe is made from TVP (textured vegetable protein) instead of meat and is both vegetarian and vegan.
Ingredients:

* 2-3 tbsp olive oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
* 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
* 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
* 1 tbsp chili powder
* 1 tbsp soy sauce
* dash hot sauce or Tabasco sauce (optional)
* 1 tbsp sugar
* 1 1/2 cups T.V.P
* salt and pepper to taste
* 5-6 hamburger buns

Preparation:
In a large skillet, saute the onion and peppers in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft.

Reduce heat to medium low and add the remaining ingredients (except buns) and stir well to combine. Allow to simmer for at least 15 more minutes.

Spoon onto hamburger buns and serve hot.

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You use equal parts water/flavored broth to the TVP
The richer the broth the better the flavor. I use different kinds flavors, BBQ sauce
Just experiment and have fun seeing what you come up with.

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