Seitan and Shiitake Sloppy Joes

I’ve been on a serious comfort food kick. I keep remembering meals my Mom used to make and I know I speak for my big brother when I say “Sloppy Joes” was one of our all-time favorites. There used to be some kind of Sloppy Joe sauce in a can and we’d just pour that over sauteed ground beef and go to town. Thankfully there’s a healthier, more compassionate alternative for us today!

This recipe uses browned seitan and shiitake mushrooms, tossed with a medley of fresh garlic, red onion and yellow and orange bell peppers. Simmer all that in an amazing, tangy-sweet sauce and you have a hearty and delicious meal.

To make these Joes you’ll need:

  • one 8-oz package of seitan
  • one 4-oz basket of shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped (red or green works too)
  • one 8-oz can tomato sauce (or measure from a jar)
  • one 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4-6 hamburger buns (depending on size), split, spread with Earth Balance and toasted
  • torn basil for garnish

The veggies mixed in with the seitan and shiitake provide an added boost of flavor!

Slice up the seitan into shreds and saute over med-high heat in a little olive oil. Slice the shiitakes and add them in. Cook until both are browning on the edges. Add the garlic, onion and bell peppers and continue to saute until the vegetables are tender and browned.

In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce. Then pour the sauce over the seitan mixture and fold together until completely coated. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 1/2 cup onto each toasted hamburger bun half and garnish with the basil. We ate this for dinner along with corn on the cob. A great summer meal.

Happy eating!

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