Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s & One-Bowl Dinners, Gluten-Free

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s are just as good as the meat version, without the meat. This Vegetarian Sloppy Joe recipe makes a great base for several meals. And it is gluten-free.

I will present how to use Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s in several ways: as a One-Bowl Sloppy Joe dinner, One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Soup, One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Pie, and of course the traditional Sloppy Joe sandwich.

Plus, I give you ideas for how to use these recipes to have an easy, no-reheat lunches.

One-Bowl Dinner
One-Bowl Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Dinner

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Dec. 1, 2020 by Deborah Esplin

Ingredients for Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

110 grams firm or extra-firm Tofu

15 to 30 mL (1 to 2 tbsp) Soy Sauce

110 grams (1/2 box) mushrooms, finely chopped

1/8 onion & 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped, if desired

Sunflower or Canola oil for frying

1 tomato, diced

75 grams Spinach, fresh or frozen, chopped

35 to 40 grams (slightly less than 1/4 cup) red lentils, raw

75 mL (1/3 cup) tomato or vegetable juice

15 mL (1 tbsp) Balsamic vinegar, vegetable concentrate, soy sauce, lemon juice, ketchup, each

15 to 20 mL (1 to 1.5 tbsp) oat flakes

Dash of Coriander

5 mL (1 tsp) salt, pepper, herb mixture, each

75 mL (1/3 cup) water, or slightly more

Preparation of Vegetarian 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. Stirring occasionally.

While this is cooking, crumble the tofu with your fingers and mix in the soy sauce. Add the tofu mixture, tomatoes, spinach, red lentils, oat flakes, and the liquids to the pan with the mushrooms, onion, and garlic.

Stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the seasoning and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. If you need to add more water, 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.

Vegetarian 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.

Sloppy Joe's
Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s

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 Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Other ways you can use this recipe.

One-Bowl Vegetarian 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 into the rice or quinoa. Serve hot.

One-Bowl Dinner
One-Bowl Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Dinner

Vegetarian 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.

Soup
Vegetarian One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Soup

Vegetarian One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Pie

Put the Sloppy Joe mixture in a casserole dish, top with canned or frozen corn, or frozen peas, 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.

Vegetarian One-Bowl Sloppy Joe Pie

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

Here is a link to the meat version of Plant-It-Up Sloppy Joe’s & One-Bowl Dinners.

Equipment Needed To Make Vegetarian 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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I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas. Leave me a comment and let me know what other recipes you would like me to share.

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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.

Soup
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

 

Check out other recipes from The Daily Basil Blog.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas. Leave me a comment and let me know what other recipes you would like me to share.

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Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew, with a Gluten-Free Version

Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew is your traditional beef stew with lentils added. Why add lentils? They add nutrition. They add fibre. They help thicken the stew and they do not change the taste or texture.

Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew can be made in a slow cooker or a stove top pot. I prefer the slow cooker method because the beef stays tender and the flavours have time to blend.

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Updated March 23, 2021, from the original publication date of Nov. 9, 2020 by Deborah Esplin

This recipe is healthy, hearty, and gluten-free.

Guinness Beef Stew is a great one-pot, one-dish complete meal.

How To Make Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew

Here is the video showing you how to make the stew, or you can read the directions below.

Equipment Needed For Guinness Beef Stew

 

Stew Essentials Kit

Check out my Essential Kitchen Kits or use these links to find the tools you need to make Beef Stew With Guinness.

Using a slow cooker or the slow cook function of an Instant Pot is a great way to get a nicely cooked, tender stew, rich in flavour.

6-Quart, 7-In-1 Instant Pot with slow cook function

8-Quart, 9-In-1 Instant Pot with slow cook function

A stockpot is very useful because the making of a stew involves a fair amount of water and ingredients. Having a good-sized stockpot means that you can make bigger batches, which is more efficient.

Stock Pot, 20 quart

Stock Pot, 16 quart

Stock Pot, 12 Quart

Soup Ladle, stainless steel with a cool, grip handle

Soup Ladle, silicone

Stainless Steel Bowl Set with Lids

Oxo Easy-Grip Bowls 3-Set

Victorinox Chef’s Knife

I like to have colour-coded, separate cutting boards for raw flesh ingredients and for other ingredients. I use one colour for cutting for raw, meat, fish, seafood, and poultry, and then other colours of cutting boards for everything else. This is a good food safety practice to adopt.

Coloured Cutting Boards, set of 3

I really like plastic containers for freezing stock, 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

Here is the recipe for Guinness Beef Stew, in a format that you can download, save, and print if desired.

Ingredients for Plant-It-Up Guinness Beef Stew

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  • 1 Litre (4 cups) concentrated beef stock + 3 Litres (12 cups) water OR
  • 2 Litres (8 cups) beef stock + 2 Litres (8 cups) water
  • 1 can Guinness beer
  • 14 mL (1 tbsp.) each Lemon juice, Balsamic vinegar, Beef concentrate, Worcestershire sauce
  • 450 grams (1 lb raw Beef)
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) Red lentils
  • 3 Tomatoes or 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 100 g (1 cup) Mushrooms
  • 3 Celery sticks
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 small Rutabaga
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, if desired
  • 5 – 10 mL (1—2 tsp) each Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Italian Seasoning, or Provence Herbs
  • 3 mL (1/2 tsp) Mustard powder
  • Corn starch (or flour) and oil

Note: If you use corn starch, the recipe will be gluten-free.

Preparation for Guinness Beef Stew

Cut the beef into bite-sized cubes. Roll the cubes in the corn starch, or flour, until coated. Heat the oil in a skillet and sear the beef until most of the sides are lightly browned. You do not need to cook the beef just partially cook the outside.

Add the stock and beer to the pot. Put the seared beef cubes in the pot.

Wash, peel (as needed), and chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

Sautée the onions and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. They do not need to be completely cooked. You may need to add more oil. Add the onions to the liquid with the beef.

Lightly sautée the other vegetables, for about two minutes. This is to add extra flavour, but you can just put them straight into the liquid if you prefer. Add the lentils. Add a small amount of pepper and seasoning. Save the remaining ingredients for later.

Stir and let cook in the slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. Stirring every 2 hours. If you use a pot, slowly bring the stew to a boil then reduce it to a slow simmer for 3 hours, and stir every 30 minutes.

After 5 hours in the slow cooker or 2 hours on the stovetop, add the remaining ingredients. Let the stew continue cooking until it has had 6 to 8 hours in the slow cooker or 3 hours in the pot. You can always cook the stew a little longer if you want.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as you wish.

If you need to thicken the stew, you can add a little more cornstarch. However, the cornstarch, or flour, used to coat the beef cubes, plus the slow cooking, should be enough to thicken the stew.

Serve the stew hot in bowls with a spoonful of mashed potatoes on the top. Here is my recipe for Mashed Potatoes.

Guinness Beef Stew is also delicious with rice or noodles instead of mashed potatoes.

Note: The alcohol in the beer will evaporate during the cooking process. So this stew is appropriate for the entire family.

Note: I add lentils because they increase the fiber but do not change the taste or texture. You can the lentils or not as you wish.

Tip: The stew is good in the refrigerator for four days or it can be frozen.

 

Don’t forget to add love to your recipe.

 

This stew would go very well with a side-dish of How To Make Easy, Healthy 4-Vegetable Coleslaw.

And a simple dessert of 4-Ingredient Butter Shortbread: Fast & Easy is a great way to end the meal.

 


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