Meatless Monday: Sloppy Janes

Remember eating sloppy Joes as a kid? There was something fun about getting to eat a burger/sandwich that was messy by design. Today’s recipe
is basically a remake of the sloppy joes that were delicious as a child but made with textured vegetable protein (TVP) and still delicious. Now you’re probably wondering, what is TVP made from?

Ingredient Spotlight: Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

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Today’s ingredient is textured vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), which is made from defatted soy flour. A 1/4-cup serving of dry TVP contains around 11 grams of protein. TVP is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the amino acids your body requires.

Textured vegetable protein is sold as granules, small dry chunks or flakes. It is like tofu in that it has no real flavor of its own, so it easily accepts the flavor of spices, sauces or marinades. Once it is rehydrated, TVP can be used as a meat replacement or supplement.

TVP is a healthy recipe substitute for browned ground beef since it contains no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.

Now for the recipe: Sloppy Janes
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes approx. 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
4 oz. organic tomato paste
1 15 oz. can of organic crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Smooth Original BBQ sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 Tbsp Agave nectar (optional)
2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. mustard
3/4 cup TVP (Textured Veg. Protein)*
3/4 cup boiling water
Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Sauté onion and pepper in oil for approx. 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add all other ingredients. Simmer for about 20 minutes. (TVP will absorb the water and soak up the flavor of the sauce.)

3. Serve on GF buns, as you would traditional sloppy joes. Enjoy!

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*If you are soy-free or try to avoid soy, you could make these Sloppy Janes with cooked lentils or cooked portobello mushrooms instead of the TVP.

This entree is kid-friendly and adult-approved. I guarantee you that your family and friends will love these Sloppy Janes. Have a marvelous Meatless Monday!

Have you ever eaten a Sloppy Joe?

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