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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sloppy Janes

I believe this recipe I created for vegetarian Sloppy Joes will satisfy even the carnivores in your life.

Don't be scared of tempeh, it is easy to use and very healthy. Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that is less processed than tofu and other soy products, easier to digest, and higher in protein and nutrients.

1 tsp olive oil
1 cooking onion, grated or finely chopped in food processor
350g organic tempeh (grated or cut into cubes and pulsed in food processor until it resembles crumbled ground meat)
2 heaping tbls taco seasoning or chili powder
3-4 cloves garlic
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 cups ground or pureed tomatoes
Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

8 whole grain buns

Pour oil into large skillet or fry pan over med heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add grated or crumbled tempeh, spices, garlic and beans and cook for a few more minutes. Pour in vinegar, tomato puree and seasonings and turn heat down to low. Simmer until you are ready to eat. If it becomes too thick, add a bit of water. Spoon mixture over whole grain buns. Serve with a green salad. Makes 8 heaping Sloppy Janes. Leftovers freeze well.