Typically we don’t eat a lot of “fake meat” in the Kids in the Sink kitchen. Sometimes I even turn up my nose at recipes that call for soy crumbles or faux chicken. Gross.
But seriously… after about 15 years of being a vegetarian, sometimes a woman randomly gets a craving for something like sloppy joes. I don’t ever even remember eating actual sloppy joes when I was a meat-eater so how I got a craving for them, I’m not sure. Either way, one day I craved them and decided to make it happen for myself. Fake meat and all!
The result? A pretty delicious, filling meal. I served it last night for Heather, her husband David, and our toddlers. The only vegetarian in that group was me but I cater to myself, apparently. David, the typical meat-eating male, decided to give the fake meat mixture a try. I was proud of him. Lots of people don’t even want to give veggie stuff a try. But he dug right in and get this… ate TWO! Score!
That’s where I went from being proud of him to being proud of me. A vegetarian meal that even meat-eaters enjoy isn’t always easy to accomplish and this one definitely did. I served them with oven baked french fries on homemade honey wheat hamburger buns. I think they’d go great with a side salad too. Mix it up!
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Serves 4-6 sandwiches
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bag veggie crumbles (Boca or Morningstar are our favs)
1 tbsp tomato paste
⅓ cup BBQ Sauce
¼ cup ketchup
⅛ cup soy sauce
⅛ cup Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to be translucent.
- Add frozen veggie crumbles to skillet and heat until your “meat” is no longer frozen and is warmed through, about 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Stir in tomato paste and coat the crumbles. Add the sauce mixture to the skillet and stir until all crumbles are coated in sauce. Cook another 4-5 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
- Serve sloppy joes on hamburger buns and get ready for a mess.
Source: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe