Vegan Sloppy J's
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Recipe type: Sandwich/Burger
Cuisine: All-American
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Serves: 6-8
 
A throw-back to the cheap and easy meals from another generation. This time it's a healthy vegan alternative with lentils and TVP - textured vegetable protein.
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced finely
  • 1 carrot, chopped finely or grated
  • 1 celery rib, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz can or 2 cups cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
  • ⅞ cup textured vegetable protein (TVP) granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cube 'beef' bouillon
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg's liquid soy (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 gluten-free and vegan hamburger buns
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl dissolve "beef" bouillon cube in boiling water. Add TVP to the bowl and stir to evenly soak up the liquid. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot and celery. Saute for about 5-7 minutes until onion begins to soften slightly.
  4. Add prepared TVP and lentils. Stir and let saute an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add ketchup, tomato sauce, Bragg's, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and spices. Stir to combine.
  6. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes until all vegetables are tender.
  7. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  8. Serve hot over split gluten-free vegan hamburger buns.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich (bun not included) Calories: 209 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 39 Sugar: 18 Sodium: 957 Protein: 14
Recipe by These Things I Love at http://thesethingsilove.com/2013/04/vegansloppyjo/