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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Total time:35 minutes
Prep time:5 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes

Servings:

4 Sandwiches
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A childhood classic, made with tempeh instead of beef. For those with a fatty liver, eating soy protein may help alleviate some of the symptoms of fatty liver disease.*

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large onion, minced
  • 16 ounces packaged tempeh
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Four lightly toasted hamburger buns

Directions

  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat, add oil and onion cooking until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Crumble the tempeh into the pan and cook, while stirring, until golden brown.
  3. Once tempeh is golden, add the pepper and garlic, cooking another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the buns) and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  5. Spoon hot Sloppy Joe mixture onto the lightly toasted hamburger buns and serve.

*Soy protein alleviates symptoms of fatty liver disease, study suggests – University of Illinois researchers have shown how soy protein could significantly reduce fat accumulation and triglycerides in the livers of obese patients by partially restoring the function of a key signaling pathway in the organ.