We had these vegetarian tacos for dinner tonight, and the recipe is too tasty to wait for Meatless Monday, so here it is! I adapted this recipe, which uses textured vegetable protein (TVP) instead of meat, from Ten Minute TVP Tacos by Jolinda Hackett. TVP is a meat substitute made from dehydrated soy. It is a processed food, so you want to use it as a treat now and then — not necessarily every day. Whole grains, legumes, and fresh fruits and vegetables should be emphasized in a vegetarian diet.
2 cups TVP
2 cups water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package taco seasoning
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup salsa
suggested toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo
1. In a large skillet, boil the water and stir in the TVP. Turn the heat to low and let the TVP reconstitute for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and keep on low heat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
3. In a heated nonstick skillet, briefly warm each flour tortilla until the tortilla is soft. Add the taco filling and toppings of your choice and enjoy!