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4 ½ oz. protein, 1 veggie, and 1 carb per serving
Servings: 4

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can no salt added tomato sauce *
  • 1 cup dry TVP (Texturized Veggie Protein) granules*
  • 1 tsp no-calorie baking sweetener *
  • Cayenne Pepper, to taste
  • Water, for sautéing


  1. Sauté onion and bell pepper in about 1 or 2 Tbl water until almost clear.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for a couple more minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, TVP, no-calorie baking  sweetener, and cayenne to taste.
  4. Turn down and simmer 5 minutes until TVP is soft. Refrigerated TVP will already be soft, so you are just simmering to marry the flavors and thicken the sauce.
  5. Serve on ½ whole wheat bun or a whole sandwich thin.
* Product Recommendations: Tomato Sauce brand: Hunt's Tomato Sauce No Salt Added. No-Calorie Baking Sweetener brand: Whey Low© Gold or Splenda© Brown Sugar blend. TVP brand: Bob's Red Mill Brand TVP. If there is a brand that you like better, please choose one that is lower in sodium. These are only options, not the only ones you can use.

∞ Warning: This recipe is not for everyday use and be sure to drink plenty of water to counteract the sodium content.

∞ Tip: If you wanted to make this non-vegetarian, you could use 4.5 oz cooked, ground turkey breast.