One of the things I liked about Vegan For Life is that there are recommendations supported by science. Two servings of fruit are good and just 2 tsp of oil a day is a good idea. And that whacky TVP? It isn’t as scary as you may think. It may be a processed soy product, but it is basically defatted soy flour that is high in protein. A varied diet is more important. Everything in moderation is ok.
This may or may not have given me the nudge to use up the last of my TVP that had been languishing in my pantry. I bought it planning to make Cara’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Bars, and then bookmarked Laura’s Squash Breakfast TVP and Maple TVP Oatmeal but happy I eventually settled on making these TVP Sloppy Joes.
Not that I grew up eating Sloppy Joe’s. I don’t think I have ever eaten the real thing, but I know this tasted good. A sweet tomato sauce accentuated with Worcestershire sauce, mustard and liquid smoke. A bit sweet for me with the added sweetener, so I suggest not adding it until the end to see if it needs it. The TVP confers a granular hamburger meat texture. I am thinking mashed lentils could be a good substitute next time.
Instead of the standard bun, I piled the sloppiness overtop a roasted baked potato. Paired wonderfully.
What do you think of TVP?
Here are my other meals with TVP:
2-4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1.5 cups TVP
3 cups crushed tomatoes (0r a 28-oz can)
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (make sure it is vegan)
1/2 tsp Aleppo chile flakes
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp yellow stone-ground mustard (the prepared stuff)
1 tsp agave, (optional, or to taste)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
vegetable broth, to thin
1/2 tsp salt
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Roast sweet potato at 400F, wrapped in foil, for 45-60 minutes, until cooked through. Set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan over medium heat, heat oil. Once warm, add onion and bell pepper and saute until softened, around 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 2 minutes more.
3. Add the TVP, tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chile flakes, liquid smoke, mustard, agave (if using), nutritional yeast, 3/4 cup water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes, until it becomes nice and thick. Stir occasionally and add water/broth if it becomes too thick.
4. Serve overtop baked sweet potatoes.