Sloppy Joes are not easy to eat--that's half the fun for kids of all ages. Adults who like spicy food can add hot sauce at the table.
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 (12-ounce) bag frozen soy crumbles, thawed (such as Morningstar Farms)
6 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
How to Make It
Combine boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl, and let stand 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Drain and chop tomatoes.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, red bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, soy sauce, and the next 8 ingredients (soy sauce through crushed tomatoes). Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring the mixture occasionally. Stir in soy crumbles; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2/3 cup crumbles mixture onto bottom half of each roll; top with top halves of rolls.
I've made this 5 times now. My kids, 7 & 9, LOVE these - and so do we. I skip the sugar and add 2 tbsp tomato paste and use garlic powder. This is a quick crowd pleasing dinner. ps - sometimes we skip the buns and add crumbled chips, lettuce and cheese...and call it Sloppy Ole!
I made this recipe as directed and it was enjoyed by the whole family. Next time I might omit the sun dried tomatoes and cut down on the chili powder. I served the GI Joes with Tangy Mustard ColeSlaw also from the CL site and the two dishes complimented each other well. This recipe makes a large amount but would be good as leftovers. I would like to try other uses for this recipe as other reviewers suggested. Will definitely make it again.
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