Hola! Jeremie here again to bring you two more simple and delicious recipes. Today I have for you my easy TVP ground "meat" topped with some jalapeno pico de gallo, that's sure to please anyone's taste-buds!
So, last weekend before Memphis took a chilly-turn Errol mentioned that he wanted to go on a date and I reallllly wanted to go to Shelby Farms Park for a picnic. Someone didn't feel like going there and we decided to stay home. No worries, I had a solution. Let's plan a picnic at home!
The one thing I knew I wanted when moving to the south away from the city life in Connecticut was a balcony. In the city it's hard to get a pretty decent outdoor space unless you're willing to pay the price for it. I also wanted to live on the highest floor, so that meant we would have to sacrifice on the grass/yard we'd have. In short, I knew I wanted to have an outdoor space so that I could feel connected to nature, which works out on a case like this when we want some fresh air without having to actually leave our home.
While Errol was busy working away on his laptop, I laid out some throw blankets on our balcony and decided to set-up for our at home picnic. Then I got to cooking some of my yummy veggie ground meat and prepped some fresh pico de gallo.
Although, Errol is the one that wanted to take me out on a date I'm glad I was able to surprise him with a simple, delicious, and fun meal as well as some "US" time. Of course it's fun to go out and spend some pennies on some restaurant, quick made food... but I'm obsessed with cooking and my change to a plant-based, healthy lifestyle was made so that I'd stop eating out so much. This also allows you to know which ingredients goes into your food which is an amazing added bonus, that doesn't include preservatives or toxic chemicals.
Now sit back and take your notes, because you're going to want to try out this recipe for your next Taco Tuesday festivities!
Pico de Gallo:
2-3 tomatoes (depending on size)
1/4 of a red onion
handul of cilantro
juice of 1/2 of a lime
1 tsp of salt
1. Dice up your tomatoes, onion, and jalapeños.
2. In a bowl toss tomatoes with salt and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Discard liquid through a mesh strainer.
3. Combine your salted tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, and lime juice. Toss and season if desired.
4. Serve with dinner or store in a air-tight glass container for up to 3-days.
2-4 cups of TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
2-3 cups of boiled vegetable broth
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1-2 tbsp of olive oil (for "frying"/cooking)
Seasonings are totally up to your liking, this is what I did for mine:
2-3 tbsp poultry seasoning
2 tbsp of garlic powder
1 tbsp of paprika
1 tbsp of onion powder
1 tsp of salt & pepper
In a pot on medium-high heat bring to a boil your vegetable broth
2. TVP is pretty much dry soy curls, so we're going to rehydrate it.
In a large bowl toss in your TVP and carefully pour in your broth. Mix with a fork to make sure all of the TVP is covered in the broth.
3. Cover the bowl (I used a large plate) and allow to soak for 10 minutes, or until your TVP has soaked in all of the broth and resembles more of a ground meat texture.
Toss in and mix your choice of seasonings with the TVP.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add in your oil. Toss in your seasoned TVP with the tomato sauce. Allow to brown a bit and for the veggie ground to soak in the sauce.
6. Serve immediately or store in refridgerator for up to 1 week or in airtight container and reheat. OR store in a ziplock and keep in your freezer for one of those nights "where I don't feel like cooking or washing dishes" kind of of easy meal.
There you have it folks, a simple and delicious plant-based meal that won't cost you a fortune or lots of time to make. I like to eat this on corn tortillas or a wrap, sitting on a bed of greens, paired with some limes and more cilantro. Test it out for yourselves and play around with seasonings. TVP is a great meat alternative and is a great source of protein. It also happens to be my favorite product to use when replacing meat in many of my recipes. It also goes great for recreating a spaghetti bolognese or burger recipes. Give it a go, I'm sure you'll love it too!