Tempeh Sloppy Joes

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.

 

 

Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Print Recipe
Hearty comfort food made healthy and easy.
Servings Prep Time
6 large sandwiches 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 large sandwiches 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Print Recipe
Hearty comfort food made healthy and easy.
Servings Prep Time
6 large sandwiches 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 large sandwiches 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: large sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Make the Sauce: In a bowl mix tomato sauce, tomato paste, dijon mustard, molasses, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion,bell peppers, garlic and corn; cook until softened. Add crumbled tempeh and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Add sauce to pan with tempeh and vegetables. Cook, uncovered, over medium low heat until sauce begins to thicken. Stir often.
  4. Spoon onto rolls, top with a pickle and serve with cole slaw, sweet potato fries or any other tasty side... Just remember the napkins. Sloppy Joe's are, well SLOPPY!
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Consider substituting 1 1/2 cups of beans for half of the Tempeh.

Consider adding more finely chopped vegetables.

Consider adding 2 TBS chopped jalapeño to spice things up a bit!

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