Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Here’s a meat-free take on a long-time family favorite. This sloppy joe recipe can be made with tempeh (below), textured vegetable protein or ground turkey.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup minced onion
2 (8 ounce) packages tempeh
1/2 cup minced green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 pinch ground black pepper
hamburger buns
Heat oil in a deep, 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the onion in the oil until translucent. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet; cook and stir until golden brown. Add the green pepper and garlic; cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, molasses, cayenne pepper, celery seed, cumin, salt, coriander, thyme, oregano, paprika and black pepper; stir. Simmer another 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon hot mixture onto hamburger buns to serve. Serves 6
Cooking tips:

  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh and makes clean-up easy.
  • Check the Worcestershire sauce label carefully. The regular version contains anchovies.
  • If you’re making sloppy joes for vegans, substitute brown sugar for honey.
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Nutritional analysis–Calories: 384; fat: 19.6g; sodium: 425mg; carbs: 37.3g; protein: 18.3g

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