I arrived home from the BlogHerFood conference in Miami yesterday and have lots of stories to share! I had some great food, met some really wonderful people and attended some very informative sessions. Look for a few changes to Beauty and the Beets in the next few months. I hope you will think they are good changes! But first, I wanted to post my Meatless Monday recipe for this week.
I became obsessed with Sloppy Joes when we found a box of Vegetarian Sloppy Joe mix by Fantastic Foods at Whole Foods. Not only is it incredibly easy (just add tomato sauce!) it is delicious. I vow to never walk out of Whole Foods without a box of this stuff again. I vow to never be without a box or two in my pantry at any given time. It’s just that good. However, as wonderful the Fantastic Foods boxed Sloppy Joe is, it is still just that- a box of food. I have been searching high and low for a tasty yet simple recipe for a Vegetarian Sloppy Joe. I finally decided to try my hand at making my own. Everything in this recipe is Vegan except the burger buns which can be easily swapped out.
Chad and I both loved this version of a Vegetarian Sloppy Joe though it was a bit on the sweet side so I personally would cut the brown sugar (as little as it is to begin with) in half. I also searched for an organic tomato paste with no sugar added.
The recipe made more than enough for six servings. The next day for lunch I topped white rice with the leftover Sloppy Joe mix and served with a small Spinach side salad. Still delicious the second time around.
I also think adding soy crumbles or lentils to the recipe would add an even more authentic Sloppy Joe texture and flavor to this dish. The beauty of cooking with veggies really is the versatility of the recipes. It is pretty simple to substitute most veggies with one another and still have the dish be delicious.
Do you have a favorite recipe for cooking with veggies? Share your Meatless Monday recipes in the comments!