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 about.com.
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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.