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Textured vegetable protein is an excellent source of protein that is also high in fibre, low in fat and often fortified with vitamin B12, making it an ideal food for vegetarians and vegans as an addition to sauces, casseroles, stews, seafood dishes, meat, and cereals.
Some varieties of textured vegetable protein contain added salt and flavourings, so if you are watching your sodium intake, be sure to read the label carefully before purchasing.
1/4 cup of dehydrated textured vegetable protein (before cooking/hydrating) contains; 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 2 mg sodium, 7 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fibre and 12 grams of protein.
Textured vegetable protein is made from defatted soy flour that is compressed and processed into granules or chunks.
Textured vegetable protein is usually available as a dehydrated product that needs to be hydrated before using. It is available in a variety of forms including powder form, chunks, slices and granules resulting in a food product that is very versatile.
Hydrated textured vegetable protein is also available in the freezer or refrigerator section of some grocery stores.
To hydrate textured vegetable protein, add 3/4 cups of boiling water to 1 cup of textured vegetable protein, cover and let stand for 10 minutes until the water is absorbed. If using textured vegetable protein in soups or stews, or to add extra flavour, try hydrating textured vegetable protein with low sodium chicken or vegetable stock.
Textured vegetable protein granules are an excellent alternative to ground beef, chicken or turkey in recipes such as chili, lasagna or tacos. Textured vegetable protein chunks can be used to replace meat in soups and stews.
Textured vegetable protein absorbs the flavour of whatever it is cooked in, making it an ideal in such dishes as soups, stews, veggie burgers, chili, spaghetti sauces and tacos. Textured vegetable protein does not contain any animal products, making it an appropriate food choice for vegans. However, people who are allergic to soy should avoid textured vegetable protein.
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Did You Know?
Textured vegetable protein (TVP®), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), is a dehydrated meat alternative made from soy flour. This versatile food stuff is popular among vegetarians and those looking for a lean source of protein.
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