Saturday, November 13, 2010

Best Lunch Ever


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
  • Cumin
  • 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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  1. Nice job on rollin' with the punches re: no sloppy joe mix!

    That really does look like the best lunch ever!

  2. Sloppy Joe Mix like heroin. You have to stock up in case your dealer is unreliable. Glad the methadone-like replacement worked out well for you.

  3. I was intrigued by the title of your post. Good job!

  4. oh my gosh. all this talk about tots has me drooling all over the keyboard. I want a tot right now. Actually, I want a huge bowl of tots!!

  5. Hey, looks awesome! Simply awesome. I love the extra sloppy on the side part!

    I get grumpy when I'm hungry too...good job not freakin' when no Joe mix was to be found.

  6. i saw your sloppy joes and immediately said (outloud), "well hello there!". that's one crazy awesome look'n sloppy joe - and then you go and add tots?!?! fantastical! i'm grumpy when i'm hungry and i would have pitched a fit in the store and probably just gone home and made a pb&j. kick booty for making what you craved - and with such delicious and tasty look'n results. w00t!

  7. Great job on re-creating the sloppy joes! I want to pitch a fit every time I go to the grocery store because, they never have the fantastic mix. :o) You and Shen have me wanting to try it but I can't find now.