Textured vegetable protein

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Dry TVP flakes are an inexpensive protein source when purchased in bulk and can be added to a variety of vegetarian dishes or used as a supplement to bulk out a meat dish.

Textured vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein, is a meat substitute made from defatted soy flour, a by-product of making soybean oil. It is quick to cook, high in protein, and low in fat.

TVP comes as small dry chunks when bought in bulk. It has no flavor of its own and needs to be rehydrated and flavored (both can be accomplished in the same step), then added to cooking.

TVP comes in 2 forms: ground fine and in coarser chunks. This makes it a more versatile substance, allowing it to take on the texture of whatever meat it is substituting for. Using TVP, one can make vegetarian or vegan versions of popular dishes like chili, sloppy joes, tacos, burgers, et cetera.

TVP can be found in natural food stores and larger supermarkets, usually in the bulk section.

TVP was patented by William Thomas Atkinson.

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