Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes

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READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by CaliforniaJan

This is my adaptation of a Cooking Light recipe that follows my approach to healthy eating to a "T". Meat is too delicious for me to become a vegetarian but I am trying to eat way more vegetables than meat. This recipe delivers on that and tastes fantastic. I bet you'll never miss the additional meat! Note: when I made it I doubled the recipe (makes great leftovers) and used 1 can of vegetarian baked beans (for a nice sweetness, this was the can I mashed) and 1 can of kidney beans, which I left whole. I love making my own burger buns with my bread machine and this recipe is so easy and the results taste terrific: "Whole Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns (Bread Machine)".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, and beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally to crumble beef.
  2. Add carrot, chili powder, sugar, oregano, and red pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until thickened and carrot is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Partially mash 1 cup beans with a fork or potato masher. Add mashed beans and remaining whole beans to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Spoon 1 c bean mixture onto bottom half of each roll; top each serving with 1 red onion slice and top half of roll.

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