Friday, December 30, 2011

Chili-esque Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

How's that for a recipe title?  I have no clever name for this but it was yummy.

1 lb ground chicken (or 2 lb if you don't have any TVP)
2 Tbl chili powder
1 Tbl cumin
1 Tbl grill seasoning
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1 carrot, shredded
8 oz tomato sauce
1 c TVP

Preheat medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add ground chicken, chili powder, cumin & grill seasoning.  Cook, breaking up with spoon, until chicken is brown.  Add onion, bell pepper, carrot, tomato sauce and TVP.  Add a bit of water if there isn't enough from the tomato sauce to rehydrate the TVP.  Simmer until TVP is rehydrated and most of the liquid from the tomato sauce has cooked off.  Serve over toasted hamburger buns.

A note about TVP:  TVP stands for Texturized Vegetable Protein.  It's just soy processed into crumbles.  It comes in different size crumbles for different uses.  I like Bob's Red Mill TVP.  TVP is a very inexpensive protein source and a great way to stretch your food dollar.  One cup rehydrates to the equivalent of about one pound of meat and costs less than one dollar.  I use it as the sole protein source sometimes and sometimes, like this recipe, I use it to stretch another protein.  My award winning vegetarian chili uses TVP and is hard to tell apart from my non-vegetarian chili.  Don't fear the strange hippy food!  It's a blank canvas that can easily be flavored to fit what you want.  And it's CHEAP!

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