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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Stuffed Pita Pockets Made With Plant-Based Ground Beef

Charles loves to cook and enjoys trying new recipes every day. He specializes in recreating gourmet comfort food.

Delicious sloppy joe stuffed pita pockets with vegetarian plant-based meat

Delicious sloppy joe stuffed pita pockets with vegetarian plant-based meat

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Who doesn't like sloppy joes? It's the quintessential classic comfort food from days past. Fresh, fatty ground beef, simmered with a tangy, smoky, slightly spicy tomato-based sauce, piled high on a soft roll. From school lunches to quick and easy weeknight meals, the sloppy joe has been a staple in American kitchens and institutions since the 1930s.

I took the liberty of trying to elevate this sandwich and also make it somewhat healthier. I used Gardein plant-based crumbles, sweet Vidalia onions, green onion, and a gourmet version of manwich. Instead of the traditional soft hamburger buns commonly used, I opted for some nice pita bread to stuff with this delicious mixture.

With a few simple ingredients, you can make a healthier version of the classic sloppy joe.

With a few simple ingredients, you can make a healthier version of the classic sloppy joe.

Cook Time

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15 min

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45 min

Serves four hungry people

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Ingredients

  • 1 (13-ounce) package Gardein Plant-Based Crumbles
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1 jar of Manwich, Sloppy Joe, or DelGrosso Joe Joe's Sauce
  • 4 pita rounds, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a 10" skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and chopped onion. Saute for 3 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the plant-based crumbles and saute for 10 minutes with the onion.
  3. Add the sloppy joe sauce and lower the temperature to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Place pita rounds in the microwave and heat at high power for 20 seconds.
  5. Cut pita rounds and fill with sloppy joe mixture. Top with green onion and serve immediately.
DelGrosso's Sloppy Joe's Sauce

DelGrosso's Sloppy Joe's Sauce

Freshly chopped onions for texture, flavor, and garnish

Freshly chopped onions for texture, flavor, and garnish

Fresh baked pitas for stuffing

Fresh baked pitas for stuffing

© 2022 Charles Kikas

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