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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Kabuki’s Kitchen:
Proteins without Eyelashes or Faces

Leave it to our very own Kabuki Dancer to think up such a clever name for vegetable proteins. I think we often forget that vegetables do contain healthful protein and can be successfully incorporated in the living after WLS diet. Of course beans come to mind as a healthful source of protein. Try Kabuki’s 8-Layers-Bean Casserole for some healthful bean protein.

Another protein – without Eyelashes or Faces – is textured soy protein, also known as TVP: Textured Vegetable Protein. TVP comes from defatted soy flour, which is a by-product of soybean oil, so it is plentiful in supply. It’s also quick to cook, and a great source of vegetable protein without all the fat.

TVP comes in small dry chunks resembling dried vegetables. It is flavorless until rehydration when flavors may be added with broth or sauces. Because of its varying texture, it’s versatile, and can take on the texture of many meats. For instance, it’s excellent in chili, tacos, veggie burgers, and soups.

A 43-gram serving of TVP contains 120 calories and 21 grams of protein, hardly any fat. When it’s used to replace meat in stews and soups, it is difficult to distinguish a difference between it and animal protein.

Natural and health food stores and large supermarkets generally carry TVP; check the bulk section if you can’t find it. Kabuki has supplied us two great recipes using TVP. These were delicious and enjoyed by my family. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Kabuki’s TVP Nachos
Kabuki’s Meatless Meatloaf

Thanks Kabuki for sharing your kitchen!
Happy Cooking & Living Everyone!


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