01 of 08
Of course, in my house, they aren't called Sloppy Joes, they're called Sloppy Jolindas! All jokes aside, these vegetarian sloppy joes with TVP are a great way to get a kid-pleasing lunch on the table - fast and cheap.
02 of 08
One of the great things about cooking with TVP is that it's so quick to cook - much quicker than meat! You can have this vegetarian TVP taco filling ready to go in less than ten minutes, easily. Readers gave this recipe five stars when reviewing it, but did suggest to add more salsa. I suggest a bit of sour cream and some fresh sliced avocado. I love this TVP recipe and use it often as a go-to standby.
03 of 08
The crumbly consistency of TVP makes it a natural stand-in for ground beef in veggie hamburgers. There are several ways to make veggie burgers using textured vegetable protein. This easy TVP veggie burger recipe uses vegetable broth to rehydrate and combines the TVP with flour and an egg for binding and plenty of spices to give them a "burgery" taste.
04 of 08
Another reason I love working with TVP is that it's so versatile! Add a binder, and it becomes a meaty vegetarian loaf as in this vegetarian TVP loaf recipe. TVP is mashed together with spinach and tofu for nutrition and fiber, and it has gluten flour a poultry seasoning for a "meaty" taste - a great demonstration of how TVP, like tofu, can take on different flavors, depending on how it's prepared. This vegetarian loaf recipe makes for a full meal, whether or not you pair it with... mashed potatoes and vegetarian gravy.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
When cooking with TVP, some varieties come pre-spiced as beef or chicken flavored, but you'll still nearly always want to add your own spices, just like you would when working with meat. In this vegetarian chili recipe, the TVP adds an extra layer of texture, but the flavor comes from all the added spices - chili powder, cayenne pepper, bell pepper, onion and garlic.
06 of 08
TVP makes a great filler in home-cooked casserole dishes; this recipe is only one example. It's made from polenta, cheese, and marinara sauce, with a hearty amount of protein-rich TVP baked right in. Try adding rehydrated TVP to any kind of casserole or even lasagna. Even if you're not eating completely vegetarian (yet!) a handful of TVP in your favorite casserole will reduce the amount of meat you normally would use, making sure that your dollar stretches while your waistline... doesn't.
07 of 08
Low-carb TVP "Oatmeal"
Laura, our guide to low carb diets, suggests textured vegetable protein for a low-carb breakfast. Keeping low-carb and low-fat, you might miss hot cereal for breakfast, and TVP makes for a good stand-in when flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, and perhaps a little sweetener to top it all off. Use soy milk to keep it high protein and vegan, too.
08 of 08
Loving all these vegetarian TVP recipes? Might you also want to try some meatless tempeh recipes, vegetarian casseroles, vegan pizzas and simple vegetarian Thai food? If so, you'll want to browse through this collection of thousands of vegetarian recipes for everything you could possibly imagine, and a few creative and gourmet vegetarian recipes that you probably never could imagine! Pictured: Easy vegan dinners