Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sloppy Janes

One of my absolute favorite recipes is for Sloppy Janes, a vegetarian version of Sloppy Joes. I can’t remember where I got the recipe. It might have been at Medleys, a whole foods cafe I worked at in the mid-90s or one of the numerous vegetarian cookbooks I used to own.

I found Sloppy Jane recipes on the Internet, using ground chicken or turkey. My way is the vegetarian way, and I think you meat eaters will find it very tasty. Let me know what you think if you make it.

Sloppy Janes are seductively sweet, due to a bit of brown sugar plus whatever other sweeteners are in the remaining ingredients. I’m thinking it’s the sweetness that keeps me coming back for more. As a matter of fact, I wonder how there could possibly be leftovers on those days that it’s just me eating.

I would have taken more pictures except that I decided to start this blog the day after I made the mixture. My next blog entry will be about how I used the leftover SJ mixture (yes, there were leftovers this time) and there will definitely be more photos for that.

I’ve taken to eating SJ on slider rolls -- whole wheat when I can find them. Makes me feel less of a glutton when I eat two (or even three!) of them.



*Stir 1 cup of TVP (textured vegetable protein - a soy product) into 3/4 cup boiling water. Remove from heat and let soak for just a minute or two, long enough to absorb the liquid.

*Saute in 1 tablespoon EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil):
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or substitute garlic powder to taste)
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
grated carrots (optional)
fresh or frozen corn (optional)

*Stir in:
3 ounces tomato paste (half a 6-oz. can; freeze the rest in a small plastic bag)
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon dried basil (rub between fingers just before adding)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (rub between fingers just before adding)
1/8 cup ketchup
1 heaping teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Depends on how spicy hot you like your food!
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (or substitute 1-2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos)

Bring slowly to a boil, adding more water if needed. Check seasonings and adjust to taste.

Serve on hamburger buns. Add cheese if desired.



A plus to making Sloppy Janes is that you can have it ready with a few minutes of preparation and minimal cooking time. I’d say less than thirty minutes should do it and still allow you time to throw together a salad.

Double or triple the recipe. You’ll find that it freezes well.


Next ~
Spaghetti Squash, leftover Sloppy Jane mixture, and a Tomato-Mozzarella-Basil Salad


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  1. Nicely presented, Kathleen. Fun and easy to read. I'm not a fan of TVP. I am sure my son attempted to introduce me to it many years ago in his vegan era. But I'd be willing to try it again. If I do, I will let you know. It looks good.

  2. Stay tuned, Donna, for my next entry about how to use up leftovers. I'll be very anxious to hear your reaction to the Sloppy Jane mixture.


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