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.

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


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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