I actually had my heart set on sloppy joes and tater tots for lunch today and went to pick up some Fantastic World Foods sloppy joe mix. I walked from my house to the library and then to the grocery store. Today was a wonderfully warm day for a long walk, but my hunger was making me a little grumpy and I can’t say I didn’t overreact in the aisle when I saw no sloppy joe mix.
Thankfully, I calmed down and decided that I could handle this. I came home, snacked a little to tide me over, and made my own joes in the time it took to cook the tots.
- 1 cup TVP, rehydrated in 1 cup broth
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles
- 3 oz. can tomato paste
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce (I used Bourbon Barrel)
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Red pepper flakes
I didn’t measure the seasonings, but I used lots of garlic powder, a little onion powder, a little cumin, a tiny shake of red pepper, and probably a tablespoon of brown sugar. You may also need salt, depending on you broth. I cooked all this for about 15 minutes and tasted for seasoning.
This was slightly sweeter than the mix I normally use, but this was really good. I’m happy with what I threw together.
This was a perfect lunch with some tots and onions. I had some extra sloppy on the side and I was so ready to dig in I almost didn’t stop to get a photo. Yum! Plus, I’m proud of myself for not throwing a fit in the store.
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