Sloppy Joes

I have been so incredibly lazy lately. No really, it’s getting a little ridiculous.

My third quarter of nursing school (finally) ended and all I wanted to do was lay around to recover. So that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for the last week. A lot of daytime napping. Some cleaning house. READING for FUN. It has been a really long time since I’ve cracked a book that wasn’t school related.

Anyway, I completely forgot that I had this recipe laying around, but when I remembered I had to share it.

Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef, chicken, or turkey, or 16 oz soy “burger” crumbles
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1 1/4 cups ketchup
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
3/4 Tablespoon dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water

1) Heat a deep skillet over medium heat and add ground meat/soy crumbles. Brown meat until it is cooked thoroughly, or follow the directions on the soy crumbles package until they are also cooked completely.

2) Drain and place meat in a bowl. Reserve for later.

3) In the same skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onions and peppers, cook for about five minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return meat to pan and add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine meat completely with sauce.

4) Reduce heat to low and cook for 25-30 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly.

**This recipe makes about 4 servings. The original recipe, seen here, makes 12 servings. I cut the recipe in thirds and altered a little bit more from there.**

 

This sauce was so good! My one complaint about it is that it was slightly too sweet, so I won’t use as much brown sugar next time.

I love that it can easily be made vegetarian, and it would be relatively easy to make both vegetarians and omnivores happy just by dividing up the recipe. Cook half a pound of ground meat and 8 ounces of the soy crumbles. You could mix the sauce completely, then divide it in half  and simmer each half with the respective protein. Perfect!

Also, if you’re thinking about getting into meatless Mondays, this would be a great recipe to use to ease into it. Make it with the soy crumbles and the sauce is so spicy and delicious that I bet it’ll be hard to tell it isn’t meat!

Regardless of how you decide to use it, you should definitely try this sauce.


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