Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

So we just got back from a week out of town -- four days of which were spent on the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania turnpikes -- an environment not conducive to vegetarianism per se.

Anyway, now we are home, and perhaps we can indulge ourselves in a little junk food after thousands of miles of highway billboards for tacos and hamburgers.

Not too junk-y, though, I still have to get some whole grains and vegetables into our bodies somehow. To that end: vegan sloppy joes.

So they're not really sloppy joes, they're really just glorified beans on toast, but they were really good and I will totally make them again.

It's almost too simple to be a recipe, but here you go:

  • half an onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, grated or diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, diced
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4-6 oz water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can Heinz vegetarian beans

Sweat the veggies in a little olive oil, then add everything else. You win!

I got six sangwiches out of this. It might not even have needed the beans, but I like beans, sooo...

Scoop some up on a roll, such as these whole wheat kaiser rolls, with whatevs on the side: some french fries, perhaps, if you are not recovering from a nutritionally dubious American road trip.

We had a little green salad with some tahini-mustard vinaigrette. It was excellent.

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