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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are really yummy. I grew up never having them at home, but only having them for school lunches, and I was quite fond of them. I never made them married though, because they call for ground beef, which is quite costly round these parts.

Fortunately, I've discovered a very easy recipe that you can use to make using either ground seitan or cooked green/brown lentils (or TVP if you insist, but I don't promote eating any soy products, especially TVP, because of health reasons), and it is absolutely delicious!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes


Ingredients
1-2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, or two large onions, diced
1-2 peppers, diced OR
1-3 carrots diced OR
1-2 stalks of celery diced OR
5-6 fennel stalks diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup ketchup (use homemade ketchup to make it healthier)
1-2 teaspoons prepared mustard
4 teaspoons honey, sucanat/rapadura, or sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1 pound ground seitan, cooked lentils, or reconstituted TVP
Salt
Pepper

Instructions
1. Saute the onions in oil until translucent.
2. Add vegetables and saute until mostly soft. You can add whichever vegetables is in season and as many as you want- it doesn't make a difference.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix.
4. Simmer on low, mixing occasionally, until everything is soft.
5. Serve on buns, over rice, on noodles, or eat plain.
6. Enjoy!


How do you usually make sloppy Joes? Vegetarian or full meat? Do you like sloppy Joes?

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