Saturday, August 7, 2010

St. Josephs

I received two cookbooks on Thursday.  One, I had read great reviews on in someone's blog and it is American Vegan Kitchen.  There is a recipe for burgers in it that I will be trying this week.  I can't wait.  The other cookbook is Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food.  Today, I waited too long before I sat down and tried to figure out what I was cooking for dinner.  Luckily, I found a recipe in the Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food cookbook that was perfect for a casual Saturday night dinner.
When I went to Whole Foods last week, I picked up some TVP.  I have seen it in numerous recipes and thought it would be a good thing to have on hand.  And tonight, it was.  This is my first experience with cooking and eating TVP and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I reconstituted it in veggie broth (actually, water with 1/2 cube of no sodium veggie bouillon) with a tablespoon of Liquid Smoke added.  The recipe called for hickory flavor Liquid Smoke, but all I had was mesquite flavor, so I used that.  It was still good.  I mixed up the sloppy joe BBQ sauce and let it simmer while I sauteed the onion and orange pepper.  I think the recipe called for green, but I got a 3-pack of colored peppers, as I think I need colored for the burgers I'll be making this week.  Once the onion and pepper had cooked a couple of minutes, I added the TVP.
The TVP only needed to cook for 2 minutes before I could add the sauce.  The mixture wasn't as firm as I thought it should be, so I let it simmer a few minutes to reduce the sauce some.  I was truly amazed at how closely the finished dish resembled sloppy joes made with crumbled ground beef.  If I hadn't made the dish and had it at a friend's house for dinner, I would have never in a million years guessed that it was TVP.  I may have thought crumbled chicken or turkey even, but never TVP.  
I didn't have any buns and can you believe this?  The store that I went to so I could buy some was out.  Just my luck.  I did have some sandwich rounds, which are kind of like a bun, but extremely thin.  They are whole wheat and only 100 calories.  I had my Sloppy Joseph on one of those, but I had to eat it with a fork and knife as it was just too soupy to pick up on that thin bread.

I will definitely be making more recipes from the Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food cookbook.  There is a great looking taco recipe in there using TVP.  I'll be making that soon.  As I try more and more dishes, I will be giving more reviews. 


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Your sloppy joes look really great. TVP is an amazing substance, isn't it?

  2. Theresa, TVP is amazing. I'm made two dishes with it now and loved both of them. I am so glad I tried it. Thanks for visiting! :)))