Versatile Sloppy Joes

This recipe works well with 3 different types of proteins. This dish has been made with lentils, vegetarian crumbles or grass fed ground beef. Loving the tangy flavor with the tartness of the vinegar, along with adding fiber, and vegetables creates this into a very healthy recipe. What’s so great about this? Tweaking the ingredients to suit your taste buds is the key in making this recipe most excellent!!

Pam’s Very Versatile Sloppy Joe’s
Created 3/20/17

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Basic Sloppy Joes Ingredients (for all the proteins) 
Prepare the proteins first before adding all the ingredients
2 tablespoons of olive oil, coconut oil, or vegetable broth
1 additional cup of water or vegetable broth
1/2 or 1 chopped large onion (depending on the protein used, ground beef – large onion, other proteins – 1/2 onion and it depends on how much onion-y flavor you want)
1 medium carrot
4 minced garlic cloves or 2 tsp garlic powder(For picky eaters, put carrot, garlic, and onion in food processor and mince, these things can be hidden well)Salt/Pepper (optional)
2 cups of organic ketchup
1/8 cup dark molasses (if not have, use brown sugar)
2 to 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (can use what you have in house)
2 or 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce 

Pick your protein
1 lb of protein (grass fed ground beef, vegetarian crumbles, or 1 cup of green lentils)

  • For ground beef or vegetarian crumbles add – 1 can of pink beans, drained. If you want, put beans in with vegetables in processor. If your family likes beans, no need to process the beans. Brown the ground beef with onions in oil or broth until cooked. Add the vegetables with or without the beans and cook until translucent about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • For lentils, cook the lentils with oil or the broth, vegetables with or without the beans, cook until translucent about 7 to 10 minutes.  You will need to add broth or water to soften the lentils with the other ingredients. You may need more liquid because lentils absorb liquids quickly.
  • For the vegetarian crumbles, cook with oil or the broth, vegetables with or without the beans and cook until translucent about 7 to 10 minutes. Broth or water may need to be added to prevent sticking.

Add all the rest of the ingredients with the water or broth, mix well. Adjust the flavors, as needed. Simmer for 20 minutes until all the flavors are combined and cooked. For the lentils, cooking time can be up to 30/40 mins.

Sausage Cacciatore

I make this dish often and especially when I have guests over. Very easy and versatile. I often use different types of sausages with this dish to create a diversity. The prep time is simple. This is excellent with a simple green salad. Sometimes I use purple potatoes mixed with baby red potatoes. When using fresh ingredients, the flavors are incredible. 

Sausage Cacciatore
First made in October 2016

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Ingredients
1-pound sweet Italian sausage links, bulk or patties. If use fresh sausage, remove the meat from casing and break up into bite-size pieces. If using pre-cooked flavored sausages from brands like Applegate or Al Fresca already cooked, just cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces.
2-3 lbs. baby red potatoes cut into cubes. If small potatoes, just half them.
1/2-pound mushrooms, quartered or halved, depends on the size big or small. Can use either button or crimini, or both.
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 – 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 28-ounce can crush tomatoes with Italian herbs, or 1 pint of halved cherry tomatoes
1/4 bunch, flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet or 9 x 13 baking dish and cook, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Add the raw sausage and cook for another 10 minutes. (see notes). Toss the 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the tomatoes and/or pre-cooked sausage (see notes) to the vegetables and stir to coat.

Arrange the mixture in an even layer and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
Take out of oven and sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley (optional).

Notes
If using raw sausage from links, patties or bulk, break up meat and the cook time is 10 minutes (no olive oil, then add the tomatoes with the 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook for another 15 minutes.

If using pre-cooked sausages from brands like Applegate or Al Fresca, add the sausage with the halved tomatoes and 1 tablespoon olive oil and the cook time is not as long as the raw sausage time.

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