Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes & One-Bowl Dinners

Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes are your meat-based Sloppy Joe’s with extra vegetables and legumes added. Just as delicious as the original but with more fiber, nutrition, and flavour.  That’s why I call it, Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joe’s. Try this recipe version and let me know what you think. It will increase your fiber and nutrition for the day.

At the end of the post, in addition to how to make a Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joe sandwich, three other meals that you can make with Sloppy Joe’s are presented: One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Dinner, One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Soup, One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Pie.

Sloppy Joe's
Sloppy Joe’s

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Nov. 25, 2020 by Deborah Esplin

Ingredients for Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes

450 grams (1 pound) ground beef

150 grams of frozen spinach or fresh

75 grams (1/3 cup) of red lentils

1 or 2 tomatoes, chopped

100 grams (1 cup) of mushrooms, chopped

1/2 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed, if desired

125 to 150 mL (1/4 to 1/2 cup) water, possibly more depending on how much liquid you want

65 (1/4 cup) tomato sauce or 125 mL (1/2 cup) tomato juice

Dash or 1/4 tsp of mustard powder, and dried coriander

30 mL (2 tbsp) ketchup, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce

5 mL (1 tsp) salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, or herb mixture

Canola or sunflower oil for sautéeing

Preparation of Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes

Here you can view the video where I cook the meat and vegetarian versions of Sloppy Joe’s and make a one-bowl dinner with roasted vegetables.

In a frying pan or casserole pan (see recommendations on pans below) add a little oil and sauté the mushrooms, onion, and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook for 2 more minutes, making sure to chop the ground beef into little pieces as it cooks.

Add the red lentils, water, spinach, tomato juice or sauce, and the other liquids and let the mixture simmer, stirring frequently and making sure the ground beef is chopped into little pieces.

When the ground beef is almost cooked add the seasoning. Let the mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to cook the lentils. If you need to add more water, please do so.

Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning to your taste. You may want to add more lemon or tomato juice, salt, or pepper, as well as water if you want more liquid.

Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes

To use the mixture as a Sloppy Joe topping take your favourite type of bread and toast it, or not, as you wish. Put on your favourite condiment. I like mustard or cheese. Spoon the hot topping onto the bread. Top with roasted vegetables and serve.

Easy, No-Reheat Lunches with Vegetarian Sloppy Joes 

In your lunch bag, you can toast your bread, pack the Vegetarian Sloppy Joe mixture (warmed up), in a thermos and pack a small container of your condiment. Then assemble the lunch when you are ready-to-eat.

You can warm up the soup or pie and pack it in a thermos for an easy no-reheat lunch.

This rugged, 16-ounce thermos will keep your food hot or cold and it comes with a folding spoon.

Here is an 18-ounce version or a 10-ounce version.

Meal Ideas for Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joes

Other ways you can use this recipe.

One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Dinner

Put cooked rice, quinoa, or noodles in a bowl, add this topping, then add the roasted vegetables and a topping of your choice like salsa or sour cream. For this recipe, a little more sauce is a good thing to soak the rice or quinoa. Serve hot.

One-Bowl Dinner
One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Dinner

One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Soup

Add the Sloppy Joe mixture and cooked rice or noodles to tomato, or carrot soup to make a hearty stew and another one-bowl meal.

Sloppy Joe Soup

One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Pie

Put the Sloppy Joe mixture in a casserole dish, top with canned or frozen corn, and then mashed potatoes to make a Sloppy Joe Pie. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. For this dish, you may want to not add too much water to the Sloppy Joe mixture.

Sloppy Joe Pie

This pie has a mashed potato topping like a Shepherd’s Pie but with the Sloppy Joe filling. Delicious.

NOTE: The vegetarian version of this meal is coming soon.

Equipment Needed To Make Sloppy Joe’s

It is best to have a frying or sautée pan for this recipe. I like cast iron but any large frying pan will work. However, cast iron or stainless steel are regarded as the best as they are heavy and thick which will prevent the meat from burning and sticking to the pan. The pan needs to be large so that the contents do not slop over the sides and out of the pan.

11 ” Cast Iron Pan

I prefer cast iron because they provide even heat, and are easy to clean. However, if you have a glass top cooker, you need to be very careful not to drop the pan on the cooktop or pull it across the top. The weight of the pan could break the glass top and pulling heavy objects across the cooker and scratch the glass.

9.5 ” Stainless Steel Fryer

9.5 ” Non-Stick Fryer with lid

These two pans are not as heavy as cast iron but still have are thick enough to provide even heat for the cooking.

Cuisinart 5.5 Quart Casserole Pan

High Quality, Heat Resistant Stirring Spoon – A heat resistant spoon is a good idea so that it doesn’t melt if you accidentally leave it on the pan.

Measuring Cups & Spoons – I like this set because the cups and spoons nest inside each other and they have comfortable handles.

I really like plastic containers for freezing meals, as plastic will not break if you drop it, and it is not as heavy. The ones below, by Rubbermaid, are leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and stackable. I love these containers for the freezer.

Rubbermaid Plastic Food Storage Containers, set of 21


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