Back to Cooking!

Soccer practice night in our house is always hectic.  Back and forth to school, homework, lunch, the trip back to school because someone forgot to bring their guitar home… you know what it’s like if you’re a parent.  Then comes soccer practice, right at the time you want to collapse and have dinner. So what do you do?

In our house, sloppy joes were reserved for practice nights.  All that energy expended running around deserves something yummy and filling, and they did the trick.  Hold the phone though, how do you make sloppy joes vegan?  Vegan, but still yummy to the anti-vegetable, picky children you really want to reward for all that activity?  Here’s my method for vegan sloppy joes, or as we call them, Sloppy Steves.  The beauty part is you can hide a ton of veggies in them, and the kids never know!

The first order of business is to find a substitute for the ground beef.  TVP works beautifully. I used two cups, soaked in two cups of hot water, with a tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet added to the water.  This gives the TVP a meaty flavor and color, and makes it even more like ground beef.  Soak for about ten minutes or longer, while you prepare the veggies.

I start with onion; one medium onion, chopped fine.  Then the fun part begins.  You can add any kind of veggies you want; the secret is to chop them really really fine.  You might want to use a food processor.  I’m lazy, and would rather chop them by hand than wash the processor.  I used a couple of big handfuls of spinach.


I heated some oil in a huge pan, then added the spinach and onion.  If you’re using other hard veggies, such as broccoli, add them in now too.   Then I added my liquid ingredients – one can of tomato sauce and one bottle of chili sauce.

Next, I grated some carrots. Again, I used the fine side of my box grater; I used about eight baby carrots.

Next, drain any extra liquid from the TVP (I didn’t have any, but you might, depending on your conditions) and add the TVP to the pan.

Next comes the seasonings, about a tablespoon each of chili powder and Worcestershire sauce.



You’re done!  Put the heat on low, and let it simmer for a while.  The longer it simmers, the better.


Now comes the fun part; the eating!  Grab a bun of your choice, load up the Sloppy Steves, and eat. YUM!!


Then, in less time than it took the chop the onions:

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