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Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

Textured vegetable protein is a great meat substitute for vegans and vegetarians alike. Also known as TVP or soy meat, textured vegetable protein comes in a variety of types including chunks and mince, which is great news for those who love investing in meat-free days and find themselves lacking in protein. TVP is a rich protein source with virtually no fat and absorbs flavours well during cooking. It’s quick and easy to cook and can add a nutritional protein boost that doesn’t cost the earth. Textured vegetable protein is made purely from soy flour that has had the soybean oil extracted before the dehydration process.

Is Textured Vegetable Protein just for Vegans?

Textured vegetable protein is not just for vegans. Its versatility and easy to cook nature makes it a fantastic meat substitute for everyone and can be stored in the cupboard for a go-to protein source when you haven’t made it to the shops. An increasing amount of people are becoming health conscious and have a desire to introduce more meat-free days into their diet for reasons such as helping the environment. Textured vegetable protein is a great meat replacement that resembles ground beef and can be easily used in meals such as chilli con carne, spaghetti bolognese and even burgers!

Is TVP high in protein?

Textured vegetable protein is a complete protein source and is beneficial in consuming the right amount of amino acids and fortified vitamins your body needs on a daily basis. Each quarter of a cup contains around 12g of protein.

Benefits of Textured Vegetable Protein

TVP is naturally low in calories, fat and carbohydrates and is extremely versatile. It takes on flavours of a dish well and is easy to adapt into everyday recipes that the family will love. Dried textured vegetable protein can be stored for months, however once reconstituted it needs to be refrigerated and consumed within three days.

How do you prepare textured vegetable protein?

TVP needs to be reconstituted before cooking. Reconstituting is quick and easy method to do simply by mixing the required amount with water or stock and leaving for 5-10 minutes. Once this has been done, it can be cooked in the same way as meat. Textured vegetable protein has a spongy texture and a natural taste similar to mushrooms, which means adding flavours during the cooking process is beneficial in adding to the enjoyment of a meat-free meal.

 

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