I’ve seen and heard people talking about sloppy joes for years. I’ve always planned to make them, but I never got around to it. I was stuck in that eternal loop. Don’t those look good? I have to try them! Then nothing. I know, I know I should just get on with it.
I made them.
….and the crowd cheers!
And…….. THEY. ARE. AWESOME!
They were easy to make and so tasty! It was such a treat.
I toasted my rolls and spread them generously with cream cheese (Violife of course darling!), filled them with lots of the savoury mince and topped it with some dairy-free cheddar. Mmmmmm! Of course if you are vegetarian feel free to use standard cream cheese and cheddar.
I use veggie mince a lot. Probably because I became veggie over 25 years ago and back then there weren’t many options. I fell in love with it when my mother-in-law made me her veggie bolognaise and started using it myself to make shepherd’s pie, cottage pie, chilli and of course her fabulous bolognaise.
Funnily enough I’m not keen on things pretending to be meat. I do eat vegan sausages and veggie mince, but don’t expect me to go near anything described as veggie chicken, fish or deli slices. Ugh!
Ready Veggie………. Go!
The veggie mince I used is part of a new vegetarian range from M&S called Ready Veggie…… Go! It’s vegan, high in protein, low in calories and gluten free. YEE HAW!
M&S are selling a great new selection of veggie and vegan dishes including edamame bean burgers, beetroot falafel and sweet potato sausages. I found them in the prepared vegetable chilled section rather than the vegetarian section, but that could change from store to store. Have a look in the prepared veg section first. You’ll notice there is a few vegan options which is great.
Helen Seward, M&S Nutritionist: “M&S are customers are increasingly looking to include more plant based foods in their diets – whether they’re trying meat free Mondays, fish Fridays or following a more flexitarian approach to eating. According to our latest research, 1 in 5 M&S customer households are cooking for a flexitarian/vegetarian and around 60%M&S customers are eating less red meat.”
M&S have some nice veggie food for Christmas this year too. Add a selection of vegetables and gravy and you’re in for one tasty Christmas!
Vegan M&S Christmas
2 VEGAN BUTTERNUT & BEETROOT FILO PARCELS
Individual filo pastry parcels with a layered filling of festive spiced red cabbage and beetroot topped with creamy squash and root vegetables. 350g £6
Vegetarian M&S Christmas
2 VEGETARIAN BAKED RICOTTA STACKS WITH MUSHROOMS, LEEKS & KALE
Baked ricotta stacks with mushrooms, leeks and kale in a creamy white wine sauce. £6
2 VEGETARIAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SWEET POTATO ROSTI
Butternut squash and sweet potato rosti topped with roasted onion squash, red onion confit and feta, finished with a basil pesto drizzle. £6
SEASONAL SQUASH BAKE
This three squash bake includes butternut, kabocha and onion squash, in a creamy cheese and lentil sauce topped with provolone cheese and hazelnut crumb. £5
A wee tip from me when you are in M&S, ask a member of staff to check your Sparks Card. They have a wee hand held machine now. They can check your offers and activate them for you. I got a great discount on my fruit and veg last time I was in. It’s worth doing. I also got a good discount on clothes for Cooper and got him some nice Christmas jammies (PJs) & cosy jammie case. Shhh! Don’t tell him!
I hope you try my sloppy joes and let me know what you think. I loved them and hope you do to. From my home to yours!
Yield: 3-4 sloppy joesAuthor: Jacqueline Meldrum
Best Ever Vegan Sloppy Joes
An easy recipe for vegan sloppy joes studded with red pepper and spiced up with paprika and cumin. Serve on a toasted bun with cream cheese and grated cheddar (vegan or veggie, it’s up to you).
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 30 mins
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 large red pepper, finely chopped
180g chilled veggie mince
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
50ml/1/4 cup vegetable stock (1 vegetable stock cube)
a good grinding of salt and pepper
In a large pan or frying pan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
Add the chopped red pepper and cook gently for a few more minutes.
Add the veggie mince and spices and stir to combine.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and cook on a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the savoury mince is thick and delicious!
Serve on a toasted bun naked or with your favourite toppings.
If you can't get hold of chilled veggie mince you can use dried or frozen soya mince. The dried will need more stock.
fat (grams) 7.6
sugar (grams) 10.2
carbs (grams) 21.5
protein (grams) 10
Disclosure: I created this recipe to highlight the new range from M&S. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.