Textured Vegetable Protein

Also indexed as:TVP
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Preparation, Uses, & Tips

To rehydrate, add 3/4 to 1 cup (180 to 250mL) of boiling water to 1 cup of TVP and let it stand for 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Once rehydrated, TVP granules can be used as a substitute for ground beef in recipes such as chili, spaghetti sauce, and tacos. TVP is also available in chunks that can be used to replace meat in stews and soups. It is sometimes flavored to taste like beef, sausage, or chicken.

People who are allergic to soy should avoid TVP. Flavored TVP varieties may contain a high amount of sodium.

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