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It is no secret, we LOVE TVP. (Our favorite is Taco TVP) And, TVP is my Fave for today!

So, What is this strange thing called TVP?

TVP stands for textured vegetable protein. You are probably more familiar with similar products such as tofu and other soy products. You eat TVP all the time, you just dont call it that. Example: Most Baccon Bits are ‘imitation bacon’ and are made from TVP. Wolf Brand chili contains TVP. Many fast food chains use TVP in their foods.

TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)is an excellent protein source that is easy to store and use. TVP is made from soy flour where the soy oil has been extracted. It is cooked under pressure and then extruded and dried. Not only is TVP high in protein, but it’s also high in fiber and low in fat. This makes TVP ideal for food storage and also for every day use. Because TVP is not made from meat, it does not have the contamination risk that many meats have with bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella. Because it is soy based, it is perfect for those on a vegetarian diet. “

We are Texans, and in out neck of the woods we eat meat meat & more meat. I was a little skeptical of TVP. But then I tried it. It tasted just like the real meat! And it was so easy to use! We have several in our family watching their weight, cholesterol, and trying to be as heart healthy as possible. TVP is a great option! We try to have TVP at about  2-3 meals a week. We want the health and economic benefits  with out over doing it on soy. Do what works best for your family. I also like to use half TVP/Half ground beef when cooking. This cuts down on fat, calories, and COST!

What are some of the benefits of TVP?

  • Fewer calories than meat
  • Fat free
  • Low in Carbohydrates
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to Store, Long Shelf Life
  • No risk of E.Coli or Salmonella
TVP is excellent for camping and RVing. It is vert light weight, requires no refrigeration, can quickly be re-hydrated or added to dishes.
Thrive offers TVP in several yummy varieties: Taco TVP, Sloppy Joe TVP, Sausage TVP, Bacon TVP,  Ham TVP, Beef TVP, & Chicken TVP.
Because TVP is so low in calorie and fat, you will see it used in many recipes in my new feature, Weight Loss Wednesdays.

TVP has become one of my ‘go to’ staple items. If we are traveling, TVP. If we are short on time, TVP. Of we are short on cash, TVP. Trying to drop a few pounds, TVP.
Do you use TVP? Have a recipe using TVP you’d like to share? Comment Bellow.
Would you like to try Taco TVP? Contact me, I will be happy to send you a sample!
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Have I mentioned we have a rather crazy dynamic to our household right now?  This mean, it’s incredibly hard to please everyone. I have never been, and will never be, one to make different or special meals for everyone in the household.  Everyone in the family was incredibly happy to hear my new idea for tonight’s dinner: 5 Minute-Please-Everyone-Tacos. With this easy dinner, everyone can make what they like!

I love Taco TVP. It is my number one ‘go to’ item. I use it in everything!

Tonight I made taco, nachos, and a taco salad in less time than it takes to order at the fast food restaurant!! And did so with zero added preservative, salts, or sugar! I fed my family REAL healthy food. And did it in less than 5 minutes!

5 Minute Taco Night

You Will Need:

*Thrive Taco TVP         *Lettuce              *Salsa

*Thrive onions              *Tomatoes          *Corn chips

*Thrive Peppers           *Cheese                *Tortillas


1.Reconstitute enough TVP for your family’s needs. Remember the TVP almost doubles when reconstituted. For example, if you need 1 cup of TVP, reconstitute half a cup. I reconstitute my TVP by covering it in HOT water and letting it sit. I drain off any excess water. 2. Reconstitute onions and peppers to meet you family’s needs. Again, cover with water, let sit, and drain excess water.

3. While your other ingredients are reconstituting, warm your tortillas in the over. I warm mine at 300F for 5 min.

4. Again while other ingredients are reconstituting, chop lettuce and tomatoes.

5. I keep grated cheese in my fridge, but if you don’t, now is a great time to grate that cheese. You could also reconstitute some yummy Thrive freeze dried cheese.

6. Open your chips and salsa.

7. Serve

I serve this ‘buffet style’ and let everyone make his or her own plate. Some make Taco Salad with a salsa dressing, some have tacos, some have nachos, and some have a combination of them all! It is a real crowd pleaser!

This is also GREAT served with Beans! Yummy!!

Who doesn’t love a crowd pleaser that is healthy and can be prepared in less time than it takes to order at a fast food restaurant?

What are your favorite quick recipes? Do you have a yummy taco meat or taco TVP recipe you would like to share? Comment below.

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