Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sloppy Joes

Around here anyway we've had a hard time finding good vegan burger buns and on the rare occasion we have veggie burgers, we often end up having them on regular bread. The mass market variety burger buns often have whey in them, not to mention all kinds of preservatives. And the more natural varieties often have eggs. So we were happy to find some good, relatively natural, vegan buns while browsing in a local mainstream grocery store recently. The last time we were there they even had them on sale so we got a package and that prompted us to think about making sloppy joes tonight. It's easy to find recipes for sloppy joe filling on-line but we ended up just winging it and it came out really good. We started with a cup of TVP, soaked in a cup of boiling water (with a dash of lemon juice) for about 10 minutes. Then we fried that in olive oil with diced onion, red bell pepper and garlic. The liquid was tomato juice, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, a splash of Bragg's and a little hoisin sauce.

In the same store we also found some organic frozen potatoes, seasoned with herbs and cooked in just olive oil. We just put those in the oven for a while and had them on the side. (I know... it's easy to make your own herbed potatoes from scratch but every once in a while we get the frozen kind because they're really convenient and require no thought at all.) Oh, and we did have a salad to start with so it wasn't a completely beige dinner...


Anonymous said...

Dera Chris and Darlene,

I just wanted to leave you a brief note saying that i LOVE your blog. Really love it. I am a new vegetarian who is gradually going vegan, and i really find your meals and comments to be inspiring. Thank you, both.

Have a lovely week,


Chris said...

Thanks so much for reading and I'm glad we can provide some inspiration. Going vegan was a very gradual process for us as well but we've never looked back. The more we read about the ethical concerns of all animal agriculture the more firm we become. Given the lack of understanding among the general population it can be a challenge to be vegan but as far as we're concerned it's the only right thing to do. Everyone has to find their own way but I hope you continue down that path. Keep informed and keep adding to your vegan cooking repertoire.