Meatless Monday: Sloppy Joes!

Yay! This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is vegetarian sloppy joes. You can ease the transition to a meatless diet by using a meat substitute known as textured vegetable protein (TVP). Believe me, sloppy joes are still a treat prepared this way! TVP is a dehydrated soy product which takes on the texture of ground meat when it is soaked in liquid (such as tomato sauce). This source of protein and fiber is usually fortified with vitamin B12. Use it in spaghetti sauce, taco filling, and other dishes. Purchase TVP at natural food stores or online at places like Bob’s Red Mill. Here’s the recipe, adapted from this original recipe at

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Healthy Vegetarian Sloppy Joes


2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 medium green bell pepper, diced

2 cups vegetable broth

1 15-oz can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon soy sauce

dash chipotle hot sauce (optional)

1 tablespoon sugar (or equivalent sweetener)

1 1/2 cups TVP

salt and pepper to taste

5-6 hamburger buns


In large skillet, saute onion and pepper in olive oil 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft. Reduce heat to medium low and add remaining ingredients (except buns!). Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.


11 Replies to “Meatless Monday: Sloppy Joes!”

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I have used soy products a lot in the past, but recently read in one of my raw food cookbooks that the soy used in the United States is not at all healthful and that we consume way too much of it. Any thoughts on that?

    1. Good question — you want to emphasize fermented soy (miso, tempeh, etc.), which provides beneficial bacteria. It’s a good idea to keep processed soy (i.e. tofu, soy milk, and tvp) to a minimum. Have something like tvp sloppy joes once in a while for a treat. Some research suggests a link between excessive consumption of processed soy with endocrine disruption and other health issues. In a vegetarian diet, it’s best to emphasize whole foods such as vegetables, grains and legumes. When I use processed soy products, I buy them from a source I trust, like Bob’s Red Mill. Thanks for bringing up this important point!

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