Mar 10, 2013

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Who is Sloppy Joe? There is probably no “Sloppy Joe” for whom the sandwich is named. The infamous bar in Key West, called Sloppy Joe’s, claims to be the birthplace of the sandwich, while a restaurant in Iowa says that it is named after a cook who used to work there. As is the case with many foods, attempting to establish who first created a popular dish is often difficult and perhaps even silly. Nevertheless, these sandwiches stand the test of time, especially with kids or as a quick lunch or dinner. And a vegan Sloppy was definitely in order on my menu.

Trust me, I’m no stranger to Sloppy Joes. I’ve made my share of them over the years. My son and his friends loved them! So I thought I would create a vegan version since he is here visiting this week. They were a hit! I didn’t get as many photos as I wanted to because we were all too hungry to wait through a lengthy photo shoot. 🙂


  • 2 cups cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Spike salt-free seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • scant 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 TBS coconut sugar or other minimally processed sweetener
  • 1 TBS Bragg’s Liquid Aminos


  1. Water sauté the onion and carrot until tender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve over a bun or bread of your choice. I used gluten-free Udi’s hamburger buns.

Makes enough for about 6 sandwiches. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

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