Grab my recipe for Sloppy Joey Sliders and learn all about my latest favorite ingredient: TVP. Otherwise known as Textured Vegetable Protein. “Sloppy Joeys” are my veggie version of slider Sloppy Joes. Kids and adults will love these tomato-infused, high-protein veggie sliders. The yummiest mess you’ll ever wrap your fingers around!..
I recently fell in love with an ingredient you may have heard of: TVP. Otherwise known as Textured Vegetable Protein. TVP is made up of dried up tiny nuggets that almost look like granola bits. The are easily re-hydrated by adding liquid.
TVP Afraid. For the longest time on my blog I have been avoiding use of TVP simply because I have not so fond memories of using it to make “veggie chili” when I first went vegetarian back in high school. I didn’t really know what I was doing and the recipe didn’t turn out so well. Since then, I simply haven’t touched the stuff. Until now. I was eager to make Veggie Sloppy Joes for the back to school season, and so I bought a bag of TVP and dove in. And now I can’t seem to get enough of this stuff! I’ve used it in several recipes now and can’t wait to experiment with more.
TVP is incredibly healthy since it is rich in protein and fat free in its pure state. TVP contains soy protein.
1/4 cup of dry TVP contains:
The only ingredient: Defatted Soy Flour
So yes, TVP is a processed product – sourced from whole soy beans, but the uses are endless and highly satisfying as a meat substitute. Try it in:
* veg chili
* veg tacos
* veg sloppy joes
* veg rice and beans
* veggie burgers
* veggie nuggets
* veggie salads and more
The perfect pairing for Sloppy Joes: Cole Slaw! 20 Dairy-Free Recipes.
Sloppy Joey Sliders – vegan Sloppy Joes
makes about 8-9 sliders
1 1/2 cup TVP
1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 Tbsp maple or agave syrup
14 ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed
14 ounces water
6 ounces tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp liquid smoke
pepper/salt to taste
1. In a nonstick skillet, add all the ingredients and begin to stir. The TVP will absorb the liquid as it cooks.
2. Cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste.
Note: you can also do a “garden” version of this recipe and add plenty of sauteed veggies to the mix! Onions, mushrooms, bell pepper and more work well. Nutritional yeast flakes are also a savory delicious add-in.