Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Wonders of TVP

What is TVP you as? Textured Vegetable Protein defined by as "[a product that] comes from defatted soy flour, which is a by-product of soybean oil, so it is plentiful in supply. It’s also quick to cook and a great source of vegetable protein without all the fat." If you'd like more of an explanation, you can visit "What the Heck is TVP?"

Why have I brought this up... well, this is the first installment of the vegetarian portion of the website. Since this blog is called THE GREEN SHEET, one might infer I like the veggies, dislike the meat, and therefore, am vegetarian. Inference correct.

SO, back to TVP. I've tried TVP before in the form of Protein Crumbles from Morningstar Farms - notice they have a fancy name now: Grillers Recipe Crumbles, sounds much better than "Protein Crumbles." It acts as a great filler for recipes that call for ground meat. Well, after a few meals using this, I'd had enough. And it's been 6 years since I've had it. (Side note, I've been a vegetarian for about 7 years. Yes, my husband is a vegetarian too, so it is easy to make meals for both of us - common question.) I had a hankering for breakfast sausage, bacon, etc. lately, but since I've committed myself to no meat options, it's not on the menu. I knew that Morningstar Farms also made vegetarian breakfast sausages and I thought I'd give them a try. They fit the bill. Not quite your greasy pork sausages, but the taste was pretty much the same. I'll buy them again. I don't know if I'd go so far as to say YUM! But, they'll be a nice addition to eggs.


monnie halberg said...

IMO, you've gotta really hide most TVPs for me to eat them! You're very brave for trying it again...

Amy said...

You are such a big nerd. No wonder I am your friend! Your profile picture proves that there is a 400 pound person living inside of you!