Don’t let escalating beef prices keep you from eating one of America’s favorite foods during National Burger Month in May. The Soyfoods Council reminds you that beef-friendly Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) or Textured Soy Protein (TSP) can stretch your budget—and ground beef—without sacrificing flavor, texture or convenience. TVP and TSP are the same product. TVP is more often found in supermarkets.
When you add TVP to ground beef, you not only extend your food dollar, you also acquire the health benefits of soy protein. Replacing a portion of the ground meat in recipes (25% to 50%) with hydrated TVP gives you all the flavor of beef without adding fat, cholesterol or sodium. Textured Vegetable Protein stretches ground beef for hamburger patties and other favorite summertime recipes such as tacos and sloppy joes. In generations past, frugal cooks extended hamburger patties by mixing in breadcrumbs. Today, it’s simple to add a lean soy protein instead.
Not only are they convenient, soyfoods such as TVP are part of a heart-healthy diet and also may lower heart disease risk. Here are four facts that demonstrate why soy is a beef-friendly ingredient for your summer meals and grilling season:
• Textured Vegetable Protein is lean, versatile protein that blends with beef and other meaty ingredients.
• Bland TVP takes on other flavors, which means they boost the beef while extending the budget.
• TVP is an economical ingredient that help you stretch your food budget without sacrificing flavor.
• Convenient TVP is readily available in supermarkets, packaged dry in bags that require no refrigeration or freezing. It is shelf- stable. Simply rehydrate the quantity you need, and add TVP to your favorite ground beef recipe.
The Soyfoods Council offers recipe inspirations such as Quick Barbecue Sloppy Joes and Taco Burgers on its website. You’ll also find nutrition information, cooking tips for using TVP and studies about diet and health. For more information about budget-friendly soyfoods, visit The Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.