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Old 04-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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TVP?

Just courious, is anyone still eating soy, expecially TVP. Years ago I would eat ground beef TVP mixed ( this was in my low fat low cal days) thinking of going back to it. DH needs to watch carbs and calories, and organic ground beef was $7.99 on sale last week.
I never minded the flavor of tvp mixed with other things. I stopped using it because it was not avalible. Now I am starting to see it in my grocery again
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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Try chia seeds with ground beef

I mix a few tablespoons with an egg and a little bit of water and it adds a good texture to the beef, plus good omegas and a bit of volume
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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Do you have to let the chia seeds soak for awhile, or can you do it right before you add them?
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Dry -

I usually crack an egg, add some water, mix it with a fork, toss add the dry chia seeds and then the meat. I can't imagine a hamburger without chia since I've had grass-fed for so long.
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Thanks. I'll try it.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Good luck - you don't even notice the chia, it blends in, no texture, although sometimes they get caught in my teeth
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If you google soy, you'll get an eye full of why it's fallen out of favor. I'm OK with a little bit of Tamari (soy) sauce, but would not go out of my way to eat TVP--or anything made of soy and so highly processed.

Organic and/or grass fed beef IS expensive, but check out Trader Joe's ($6.99 per pound is a little better) and even Whole Foods--365 brand. I use ground, moist veggies like zucchini, garlic, onion, and mushroom to extend grass fed ground beef. We make sliders and serve it with lots of other veggies, so that we're not eating 4 oz of burger at a time--more like 2 or 3 oz.

We do eat other cuts of grass fed beef thanks to the discount we get buying it from DH's employer. One thing I've found is that I'm very satisfied with smaller portions than I would eat with CAFO beef. I think there's something to the nutrient density theory.

One other thing to consider for stretching your money and getting real food is organ meats. I got a full pound of organic duck liver for under $2 at a local market yesterday. That's at least 2 meals each for my husband and I, though the kids won't touch it.
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What Jan said!! Totally agree with that!
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I agree with no soy. Especially for men as it has phytoestrogen properties. There's disagreement on how much it does affect men (cause vs correlation). Just thought I'd mention it.

I agree with using veggies (esp. mushroom/onions) to extend your beef.

I also look for other meats that are cheap at the same time and mix them together. Like ground turkey is often on sale. Sausage/Pork. etc. (also benefit of sausage you can wait til it's on sale and it freezes well

You wouldn't think the ground turkey would go well but it really does. The beef and spices (if you add them) will rather "overpower" the turkey/chicken so you probably won't notice (depending on the blend level). It really tastes like hamburger.

The benefit of mixing them is depending on what you add - you can really cut the fat/cal (if that is your goal). You'd have to make sure you use ground white meat or mostly ground white meat and check the labeling. Really check as sometimes the ground meat is just as fatty as ground beef (if that is a concern). You can also "grind up" your own in a food processor if you buy turkey/chick breast.
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