Friday, July 22, 2011

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Question: What do you serve vegetarians for an entrée when you're throwing a scotch/bourbon tasting and the meat entrée is Whiskey-Glazed Ribs? Some sort of light fru-fru salad just doesn't seem to fit. While there are other directions I could have gone, I decided to keep with the BBQ picnic-type theme I had going on.

Tofu ribs? Um, pass. Tofu lettuce wraps? Couldn't really get the flavor combos to sync. What about Sloppy Joes? Done and done. The concept fit in perfectly with the other dishes -- I just had to keep my fingers crossed that the soy meat-substitute I picked up wasn't completely disgusting disappointing.

Turns out, it is pretty darn tootin' easy to make your own Sloppy Joes at home, even during a party. (Yes, the Manwich can scares me.) 15 minutes, and you're good to go. Oh, and about that meatless ground round? Let me assure you, it wasn't just the vegetarian guests who were going after these and enjoying them. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't told them it was vegetarian, they never would have known the difference.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Adapted from: Group

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, membranes and seeds removed, diced
1 cup onion, diced
12 ounces meatless ground round (such as Yves)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
8 hamburger buns

Warm oil in a large skilled over medium heat. Add garlic, jalapeños, and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions and peppers have softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in meatless ground round, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well blended and heated through, about 2 minutes. Spoon onto hamburger buns and serve.

Serves: 8

Of course, the first time I made these was in the middle of a party, so I neglected to get any pictures. So what else to do but go back and make them again? Not that I minded. Adam didn't really get a chance to try them on the first go-around, so I was a little nervous about how he was going to handle the meatless ground round. Surprisingly, these went over with two thumbs up and must-have-seconds. Not too bad coming from a guy. :)

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 89Calories from fat 21
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.4g4%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 723mg30%
Total Carbs 10.1g3%
Fiber 2.8g11%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 8.7g
Vitamin A 9%Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 5%Iron 16%


  1. Sounds so delicious. I am no vegetarian but I like the taste of meatless meats.

  2. This would make a great lent recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh these look delicious! And only 89 calories?? Yes please!!

  4. I loooooooove sloppy joes! I make them all the time, but with Turkey meat. I could totally do the vegetarian style, they look delish.

  5. Yay you! I would totally eat that! So much healthier too. I make "healthy" sloppy joes but these faaaaaaaaar surpass mine!

  6. I've never made homemade sloppy joes but you make it look so easy!



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