Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sloppy Joes

Here's a quick, easy, yummy, messy recipe that really hits the spot! I meant to post this ages ago, but I lots my notes for the recipe. After a thorough bedroom cleaning the other day, my boyfriend Jose found them, so without further adieu, Sloppy Joes!!!

Sloppy Joes
Makes about 4 servings

14 oz. Firm Tofu (not the silken variety), pressed to remove excess liquid
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion
2 Medium Carrots
1 Medium Green or Red Bell Pepper
1 (generous) T Garlic, finely chopped
22 oz Tomato Sauce (1 14 oz can plus a smaller 8 oz can)
2 tsp Ground Cumin
4 tsp Chili Powder
3 T Granulated Sugar
1 T Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Tamari or Soy Sauce
Vegetable Oil

Finely chop the carrots, onion, and bell pepper.

(Ignore the celery in this picture...I didn't like it)

In a large skillet, heat some oil (a few teaspoons) over medium heat and add the chopped vegetables and garlic. Sautee, stirring, until the vegetable begin to soften, about 5-8 minutes. Crumble the pressed tofu, and add it to the skillet.

Pressing the tofu.

Sautee for another 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is cooked. Add the spices, tamari, balsamic, and red pepper flakes. Sautee for another minute or two.

Add the tomato sauce and cook for about 5 more minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serve over toasted hamburger buns or crusty french rolls.

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