Sloppy Joes

Remember, Boca or Morning Star crumbles can be used in place of the TVP.  You might even want to experiment with rehydrated bulgur or cooked lentils.


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup Textured Vegetable Protein, (TVP) dehydrated
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • ½ medium red pepper, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T yellow or spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and Black pepper to taste


  1. Pour the boiling water over the TVP (available at most health food stores) and allow to stand for 10 minutes to fully rehydrate.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and bell pepper, cover and cook until soft – about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Into the onions and peppers, stir the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, mustard, soy sauce, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the rehydrated TVP to the mixture and stir.  Add in more tomato paste if the mix is too “loose”.
  5. Heat thoroughly and serve immediately on whole grain rolls.  Enjoy!


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1 Nancy January 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

Please note: Although I have several recipes that include TVP, it’s not very often that I include it on my personal menus, opting for less-processed foods. When I do want that texture, what I have started doing lately is chopping up soy curls and using that instead. Soy curls are a whole, unprocessed, non-GMO food that gives the same texture as TVP. You can also find non-GMO or organic TVP at many health food stores.


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