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.