A vegan take on this classic American dish, this TVP Sloppy Joes recipe is the saucy and messy meal reminiscent of your childhood...
...without the guilt.
And with TVP, it's even easier and faster than ever to make. (Um, hello tired weeknight dinner!)
So here it is, my gift to you, a childhood recipe re-imagined so that you can enjoy it happily, frequently, and sloppily.
What is TVP?
Textured Vegetable Protein or TVP is a meat substitute made from soy. It is high in protein and low in cholesterol. The most common form it comes in is dry granules that make it resemble ground meat. Usually, TVP has to be soaked in hot water before it is used in a recipe but since Sloppy Joes have to simmer for a bit, there is no need to prepare the TVP beforehand for this recipe.
TVP absorbs whatever seasoning or sauce it is cooked in so it makes a flavourful meatless meal. Instead of tomato sauce, canned chopped tomatoes are used for more texture, and tomato paste is added for flavor.
You can buy TVP in food specialty stores, groceries, and online. The most popular brand is Bob’s Red Mill and it costs around six dollars. A bag can easily make four or more meals making it a cheap alternative to ground meat.