Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Meatless Sloppy Joes

Since I am not a huge fan of meat in this house, I decided to try the ol' classic sloppy joes with ground meat substitute. It's made with vegetable protein and it's actually really good! I adapted this recipe from one of my vegetarian kid friendly cook books, Better than peanut butter and jelly . It literally took me less than 10 minutes to get a yummy protein packed meal on the table. This is a keeper!

Meatless Sloppy Joes
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 C. ground meat substitute, crumbled
3/4 C. tomato sauce (I used canned diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies and pureed it)
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. frozen or fresh corn kernels
1/3 C. barbecue sauce
1 tsp. chili powder (I only used 1/2 because I think 1 tsp is a bit too spicy for toddler taste buds.)
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
Dollop of yogurt or sour cream
Whole grain hamburger buns, or bread.
Spray a large skillet with vegetable cooking spray. Add garlic and onion. Saute over medium heat until onions are soft (add a little water to the skillet if 0onions start to stick). Add "meat", tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce, corn kernels, chili powder and cumin. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Divide mixture evenly onto the buns. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream (helps mellow out the spices). Serve with a side of steamed veggies for a complete meal.
For those meat eaters out there who read this blog, feel free to use ground beef or turkey instead of the meat substitute.

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