My dearest friend is a vegetarian, but he periodically craves carnivorous fare.  Lately, he’s been pining for sloppy joes, so I decided to try and make a vegetarian version to appease his pain.

Ingredients:

1 package Morningstar Farms vegetarian crumbles, frozen
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 can diced green chiles
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 can reduced sodium red kidney beans
1 can organic fire roasted tomatoes
1 can organic tomato sauce
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs molasses
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 hamburger buns

How I made it:

In a large heavy bottom saucepan, saute the onion and bell pepper in the olive oil.  Don’t let them brown or get too soft. Add the green chiles and combine well.

Add all the rest of the ingredients except the Morningstar crumbles (and hamburger buns).  Let cook over low heat until it reaches the desired sloppy joe consistency (about 20 minutes), then add the crumbles. Combine and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the crumbles are cooked through.

Serve open-faced over the hamburger buns.  Makes 4 (large) servings.

How it turned out:

It got rave reviews from the herbivore as well as our resident culinary professional.  I did add some hot sauce at the end, since it seemed a little blah.

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