Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Recipe of the Week

Nov. 12, 2013

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Can’t find texturized vegetable protein near you? No problem! Just add an extra can or two of chickpeas, pinto beans, or kidney beans.


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This recipe uses texturized vegetable protein, made from defatted soy flour, which has a meaty texture when rehydrated in boiling water. It is an excellent meat substitute in sauces, chili, and stews, and is available in health food stores.

Veggie Chili


Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of chili on a chilly November day? Whip up a big pot of this recipe, and have it to eat for the rest of the week!

Makes 6 servings


1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
3 ounces tomato paste
1 bunch chopped fresh spinach (optional)
1/3 teaspoon ground allspice
salt, to taste (optional)
1/4 cup water
1 cup dry texturized vegetable protein
1 cup cooked kidney beans
4 ounces chopped mushrooms
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 chopped tomatoes (optional)


Place all ingredients except chopped tomatoes and spinach in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until lightly thickened. Refrigerate overnight. Reheat when ready to use. To serve, ladle into individual bowls, and add chopped tomatoes and/or spinach, if using.

Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 247 calories; 2.3 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 8.2% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 23.9 g protein; 38.6 g carbohydrates; 9.8 g sugar; 11.1 g fiber; 1,063 mg sodium; 156 mg calcium; 7.4 mg iron; 44.9 mg vitamin C; 2,037 mcg Beta Carotene; 2.8 mg vitamin E

Source: Recipe from Hard Times Café, Rockville, Maryland. Published in The Best in the World, Neal D. Barnard, M.D., editor.

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