It’s Monday – time to go Meatless :). I know many of you have taken the Meatless Monday pledge and are doing your part on Mondays, and maybe a few other days a week, to take the meat out of your diet. If you haven’t yet tried going meatless one day a week, now is the perfect time to start. Why?
The recipe calls for Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), which sounds kind of weird, but tastes perfectly good and is inexpensive (~$3/bag). TVP can be purchased at Whole Foods or Dierbergs or major grocery stores that sell Bob’s Red Mill products (Whole Foods has it in bulk). It comes in a bag: Bob’s Red Mill TVP and is very high in protein. We love Sloppy Joes so this was a great recipe for us to try – it made us feel a little adventurous (trying the TVP) and I think it is good to try on new things.
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 medium green peppers, diced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 2 1/2 cups tomato purée (we replaced this with a 24 ounce jar of “Progresso Traditional Italian Sauce” and it was much better tasting than when we used the tomato purée)
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cups dry textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- vegan buns or bread
Sauté the onion and green peppers in the olive oil in a large skillet until soft and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except the bread and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Serve warm in burger buns or over bread. *Note: Lisa uses pasta sauce (staying away from the chunkier brands) instead of the tomato sauce called for in the recipe. I really liked the Sloppy Joes Lisa made for us for the Farm Sanctuary Walk, but when Jimmy made the recipe he originally used the tomato purée; the Sloppy Joes were good this way, but we felt like they needed a little “zip” so we added a few drops of green Tabasco to ours. Jimmy remade the Sloppy Joes using the pasta sauce, as noted in the recipe above, and they were really, really, really good.
So, continuing on with why it’s a good time to start going meatless on Mondays…
2) It’s Vegetarian Awareness Month and in honor of that the World Vegetarian Day organization is entering people who take the pledge to go vegetarian, one day, one week, or one month into a drawing. Take the pledge and get entered in the drawing.
3) Whether you go meatless for one day a week or every day of the year, we should all be thinking seriously about eating good, clean foods. FitSugar posted some Insider Tips for Saving Big at Whole Foods. Check it out for ways to save and be sure to follow the link they posted to the Whole Deal Value Guide that highlights deals, contains coupons, budget-friendly recipes under $4, and money-saving tips.
4) By going meatless, you can make a cow, chicken, sheep, pig, fish, and all the animals of the world happy. You can also help save the planet one Monday at a time!