Monday, June 11, 2012

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Here we have yet another recipe from the Skinny Bitch book.  This was my first meal during vegan week. The hardest part about this recipe was finding one of the main ingredients: seitan. Seitan is a meat substitute protein made from wheat gluten.  I finally found it in the refrigerator section of WholeFoods.

The first step in making vegan sloppy joes is to finely chop the ingredients: onion, bell pepper, carrot, and seitan.


Then, saute them in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Meanwhile, prepare lentils by boiling them. After the lentils are soft, puree half of them to create a ground beef-like texture.


Once the vegetables are soft, stir in some tomato paste.

Then add the cooked lentils.

Voila!  Making vegan sloppy joes that are full of protein is as simple as that.  Surprisingly, they actually tasted like traditional sloppy joes. In the picture above, you can see that I ate my sloppy joes on a bun with a side of sweet potatoes.  Later in the week, I ate them in a pita, pictured below. If you are vegan, be careful to make sure that your bread choice is as well.

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