Textured or texturized vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), soy meat, or soya meat is a meat analogue or nutritious meat extender made from defatted soy flour, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is quick to cook, with a protein content equal to that of the meat it is replacing, and contains no fat. It can be used as a meat substitute. It is extremely cheap and lasts forever. It is super lightweight and takes the flavor of whatever you cook it in. (Taco Bell’s ground beef is actually TVP.)
Steve is hiking the Appalachian Trail after he graduates from GA Tech (B.S. Mathematics) in May. He introduced me to TVP, as he is using it in an innumerable amount of meals that he will have along the trail.