Comfort food. Merriam-Webster defines it as food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and has a nostalgic or sentimental appeal. Sloppy Joe’s are a simple to prepare meal that are full of nostalgia and are reminiscent of childhood for me. Maybe that is why someone, somewhere decided to celebrate to designate March 18 as National Sloppy Joe Day.
This recipe replaces the hamburger with tempeh– something that you could do on occasion even if you are a meat eater! I get a lot of questions from people practicing a “Meatless Monday”. They are interested in adding more plant foods to their diet, not necessarily transitioning entirely to a plant based diet. Tempeh Sloppy Joe’s are great for both… they feature a hearty plant protein, colorful bell peppers, No Salt Added tomato products and cooks up in a hurry. And they taste a lot like sloppy joe’s made with the familiar Manwich sauce in a can.
Another idea (provided by a client) is to try substituting tempeh for half of the hamburger the first time you cook it . The emailer said this is how she first tried tempeh and her family didn’t even notice the difference! Whether the tempeh is taking center stage or acting as a supporting cast member, consider adding it to your recipes. Read more about how to cook with tempeh here.