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This Vegan Korean-Inspired “Beef” and Rice recipe is extremely simple and easy to make. This recipe uses only 8 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make. I like to make this recipe and serve it alongside freshly sautéed veggies for a quick and delicious meal!
Using TVP for Vegan Korean-Inspired “Beef” and Rice
What is TVP? TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is made from soy flour. Oils are extracted from wheat protein, soy protein, or pea protein to make TVP. Put simply (and to use the example of soy protein), TVP is made when soybean oil is extracted from soy. The leftover soy flour is processed through high heat and high pressure machinery that cause it to expand. The pressure and heat that cause the soy flour to expand is what gives TVP the similar texture to meat.
For the purposes of this recipe, TVP is a great ingredient when you’re trying to mimic the look and texture of ground beef. I love cooking with TVP because of it’s similarities to tofu. TVP, like tofu, soaks up/takes on the flavors you give it, making it a versatile ingredient for practical plant-based cooking.
The Benefits of Cooking with TVP
- 1/4 cup of dried TVP flakes/crumbles contains 12 – 13 grams of protein.
- TVP is a very affordable meat alternative option. A 12 ounce bag of TVP costs around $4 and contains approximately 4 cups of dried flakes/crumbles. In the recipe below, 1 cup of dried TVP flakes/crumbles makes 4 – 6 servings of Vegan Taco Meat. To compare, tofu costs between $1 and $4 per package, depending on where you live, and makes 1 – 3 servings.
- Cooking with TVP takes far less time when compared to other meat alternatives such as tofu or homemade seitan. For example, the recipe below takes only 15 minutes to make.
- TVP has a texture that is much closer to meat than tofu.
- Because it comes in a dried form, TVP can be stored in the cupboard for months. Tofu, on the other hand, spoils after a few weeks unless stored in a freezer.
- Just like tofu, TVP can take on the flavor of whatever you add to it.
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Want more recipe using TVP? Check out my recipe for Vegan Taco Pasta!