Ever since Katie posted this incredible looking recipe for vegetarian sloppy joes, I’ve been planning to try it but never had all of the ingredients on hand at the same time. The fiance’ was working late last night, so I went to the gym (stationary bike AGAIN) and then grabbed the necessary ingredients and spent some time in the kitchen. I know he would have tried the lentil version, but thought I’d be considerate and make him a manly meaty sloppy joe.
Can you tell which version is meat and which is lentils?
I made the sauce following Katie’s recipe but added 1 Tbsp of worchestire and 2 Tbsp of barbecue sauce. I also used good old Heinz ketchup and only 1.5 Tbsp of honey – I didn’t want them to be too sweet. The mix turned out to be delicious – the sautéed onions really made the sandwich – and I think I’ll add some bell pepper next time.
On the side I whipped up some baked sweet potato fries using an egg white to make them crunchy on the outside. I don’t even remember where I got that one from.
Crunchy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
1 large sweet potato, washed and cut into thin, even strips
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1) Pre-heat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil, top with a cooling rack, and spray with cooking spray.
2) Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Add the fries, spray again, and toss until lightly coated.
3) Add dry ingredients and toss around in the bowl until all fries are seasoned.
4) Beat the egg white and water in a small bowl (I use a fork and whip for about 3-5 minutes). Add to fries and toss again.
5) Spread fries in a single layer on to cooling rack/cookie sheet (using the cooling rack prevents having to flip the fries, and lining it with foil prevents having too much cleanup).
6) Bake 25-30 minutes until edges are brown and crispy.
The fiance’ didn’t make it to my place until after 10 – the fries didn’t last that long. I didn’t even make a sloppy joe since I ate so many fries and tasted the lentils through the cooking process. Pictures of an assembled sandwich to come after lunch today (hello, leftovers).
I did not sleep well last night… dreading the inevitable post-coffee crash this morning. Happy Tuesday all!
What’s your favorite meat-turned-meatless meal?
PS – Check out my guest post on Jess’s blog today – I’m honored to get to discuss being an RD on one of my favorite blogs!