Not Your Childhood Sloppy Joe

Taking something simple and adding that little extra, personalizing it, is what I find tasiest.

Getting home from work, I stared at my fridge full of veggies, then to the bab on my kitchen table. I really should just categorize some of my last fews posts as “How To Use A Loaf of Bread.”

On a pizza making kick, my sister had whipped up a large pot of tomato sauce using one small can tomato paste, a large can of crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, bay leaves, oregano pinched (all spices added to taste), so I helped myself.

The result was a variation on your average Sloppy Joe, which is essentially just ground beef, tomato sauce, and spices on a hamburger bun. I loved Sloppy Joes as a kid; I even had one on the 4th of July, to celebrate my 9 year anniversary.

My mom always used Hunt’s Manwich, which is on PETA’s Accidentally Vegan List, see Condiments. Just replace the ground beef with your favorite brand of meatless ground crumbles.

For this variation on your classic:

  • 1/2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 serving of Boca crumbles
  • 2 slices of diced portabella
  • 1/3 of a yellow pepper, diced
  • tbsp green olives
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (fresh made or from a jar)
  • 2 tspn hot sauce
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 pieces of Whole Foods Mighty Multigrain bread
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet.
  2. Heat the veggies and meatless cumbles, turning occasionally, until throughly cooked.
  3. Pour in the tomato sauce, hot sauce, and spices.
  4. Toast the bread.
  5. Plate the bread and pour the pan’s contents over the bread.
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