Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On My Hearth: Spicy Sloppy Joes

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After a busy day at the office or home, nobody wants to drag out a bunch of pots & pans and make an elaborate meal! This is especially true if the temps outside have already reached the 90's and the thought of heating up the kitchen is unbearable. That's the situation I found myself in yesterday, which is why I was so glad I'd thought ahead and had dinner simmering in my Crock-Pot! These Sloppy Joes were a perfect Monday night dinner, especially with some oven-baked fries alongside.

The original recipe is from Robin Robertson's Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, one of my favorite cookbooks. I took a couple of liberties here, using what I had on hand, and eliminating the oil to make it low-fat. If you don't like faux meat, feel free to substitute with more mushrooms or lentils.

   Spicy Sloppy Joes 

  •   1              large  yellow onion -- minced
  •   3             cloves  garlic -- minced
  •   1              small  bell pepper -- seeded and minced
  •   2          teaspoons  chili powder
  •   1                cup  dried lentils -- rinsed and picked over
  •   1                cup  canned crushed tomatoes
  •      1/2           cup  ketchup
  •   8             ounces  Boca Veggie Crumbles
  •   8             ounces  chopped mushrooms
  •   2               cups  water
  •   2        tablespoons  soy sauce
  •   1         tablespoon  chipotle chile canned in adobo -- minced
  •   1         tablespoon  mustard -- yellow or brown
  •   1         tablespoon  light brown sugar
  •   1           teaspoon  salt
  •                         freshly ground black pepper
  •   1           teaspoon  liquid smoke flavoring
  •   8                     whole wheat hamburger bun -- toasted

  1. Place the onion, garlic, bell pepper, chili powder, lentils, tomatoes,veggie crumbles, mushrooms & water in slow cooker crock.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, chipotle chili, mustard, brown sugar, salt & pepper. Pour over ingredients in crock.
  3. Cover and cook on Low for approximately 6 hours.
  4. Stir in the liquid smoke, adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Serve over toasted whole wheat hamburger buns or rolls of your choice.

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Serves 8; Per Serving: 305 Calories; 4g Fat (10.6% calories from fat); 16g Protein; 55g Carbohydrate; 12g Dietary Fiber; trace Cholesterol; 1087mg Sodium. 

VeganGypsy says: These were delicious! A perfect combination of sweet & spicy with just a hint of smokiness. This recipe made 8 generous servings so I froze several portions for future use. Since I'm limiting the amount of processed foods I consume, I wouldn't hesitate to use all mushrooms & lentils next time, and serve this over baked potatoes in lieu of the buns.

OmniHunny says: Yum! (he's not very chatty on Monday nights)

Today I'll be using my slow cooker once again, trying my hand at Red Bean Gumbo. I hope you'll pop back in tomorrow for the recipe & reviews!

Have a great day,

Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm Baaaack!

Whew, can't believe I've been gone so long but it's been a crazy busy month of cleaning, packing, and all of the other "junk" that comes along with moving. We still have a few more details to tend to, and one more trailer-load of "stuff" to bring up from the old house, but for all intents and purposes: we are moved!

I won't bore you with details, but if you're interested in what I've been cooking/eating/doing, you can check out my Instagram pics.

The good news: I have lost a few pounds. I guess the extra exercise helped compensate for the many take-out meals. The bad news: So much restaurant food has been costly and makes me feel sluggish and bloated, no matter what the scale says. So in an effort to get back on track, I'm resuming my Monday Menu Planning.

This week I'll be focusing on my slow cooker, using recipes from Robin Robertson's Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker.  

In no particular order, because I haven't yet decided which meals will be served on which days, here's what I'll be dishing up:

  • Lasagna Primavera
  • North African Chickpea Soup
  • Red Bean Gumbo
  • Slow & Spicy Sloppy Joes
  • Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

I'm really looking forward to having an entire week at home, no traveling, can't remember the last time that happened!

Thanks to those of you who are still reading here..grin..I know I haven't been the most reliable blogger.

Have a great day,