You will never believe that these quick and easy, one-pot Vegan Sloppy Joes use cauliflower instead of meat! They’re a healthy, gluten free, crowd pleasing dinner that’s ready in under 30 mins and are under 300 calories!
Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
You know, about the now-it’s-september-bring-on-the-chunky-sweaters-and-COMFORT-FOOD recipes.
If you’re confused, see yesterdays Peanut Apple Bites with Kettle Corn.
Also see: just kidding about the need for chunky sweaters because THIS comfort food that your eyeballs are peeping? Z-E-R-O comfort-food-like-unhealthy-qualities. <– Still wear chunky sweaters though. SO CUTE RIGHT NOW.
In the words of a very famous lady: “oops I did it againnnnn”
Straight up friends. Vegetables instead of meat in your sloppy joes? You’re going to think that you don’t like it. You’re going to think that it’s way too crazy, wayyyy too trying-too-hard-to-be-healthy-secret-veggies and definitely WAYYYYY something that your mini-yous (kids) and random men that share your home (your husband. I hope) will NOT EAT.
Like, in a KAZILLION YEARS. Not ever. NOPE. ZERO CHANCES.
Untilllll you feed it to your “very meat and meat (no potatoes, just meat)” husband and he actually WANTS to bring the leftovers to work to share with his co-workers to show off how his wife turned cauliflower into something snazzy and jazzy and just all around purely delicious.
SLOPPY joes friend. No sloppy? It ain’t a Joe.
Side note, Mr.FFF (who also just knew about your veggie-joe-questioning-minds) wanted me to tell you that he is from the Midwest, so he knows a thing or two about a good Joe of the slop-slop-sloppy variety.
Whatever that means. Just relaying the message.
In my mind, a sloppy joe is all about the messy-saucy-drippin’-down-your-face moment that happens when your teeth sink into the tender, fluffy carby-delicious bun and then SQUISH into the tender, slightly-spicy and a little-bit-sweet, creamy center. If I don’t need to have AT LEAST 1 whole roll of paper towel next to me when doing a little bun-bite action, why even bother calling yourself a sloppy Joe, you know?
That recipe would ACTUALLY be called “a bun full of LIES and DISAPPOINTMENT.”
I clearly have strong feelings about what IS and what ISN’T goodness between two layers of tender, soft bread. I feel like you do too though.
So, saucy, ultra-messy, totally-uncivilized-looking-caveman-style-eating goals? We are going ABOVE and BEYOND with these.
You could E-V-E-N take your caveman dreams to the PEAK of prehistoric-ness by making your own Worcestershire sauce (you faaaancy) AND putting the cauliflower in a vegetarian lettuce wrap.
You know, so it’s paleo friendly. And then you’re eating like a Paleolithic person.
Besides being a training ground for vegetables to improve upon their stealthy-ninja-included-in-unsuspecting-food-ways, these no-meat sloppy joes are also made in ONE pot. Which equals NOT MANY DISHES. This definitely equals HAPPY YOU.
And happy me. Have you seen how many dishes food bloggers do in one day? It is TOO MUCH.
Happy you. Happy me. Happy FAMILY.
AND the happiness is partly because everyone’s eating VEGETABLES.
Because all we do is win, win, winnnnnn.
Vegan Sloppy Joes with Cauliflower
- 2 Tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp Fresh garlic minced
- 1/2 a Green pepper diced
- 1/4 slices a Large onion diced + additional for garnish (optional)
- 4 Cups Cauliflower diced into small pieces think the texture of ground meat, about 1 lb chopped
- 3/4 Cup Tomato sauce
- 1/2 Cup Reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp Coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp Gluten free Worcestershire sauce Vegan version such as Annie's Homegrown for Vegan option
- 1 tsp Red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Chile powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Yellow mustard
- 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes omit if you don't like spice
- Generous pinch of pepper
- Parsley for garnish (optional)
- 4 Gluten free buns
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat.
- Add in the garlic, pepper and onion and cook until just lightly golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, up to the parsley, and stir together. Make sure the really break the tomato paste down into the sauce.
- Turn the heat up to high and bring to a rapid boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the mixture is thickened (but still moist and saucy!) This takes about 10 minutes.
- Divide the mixture between the buns and garnish with parsley and onion (if desired.)
FOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PER SERVING: SMARTPOINTS: 7 POINTS+: 8. OLD POINTS: 6
(Could vary based on your bun, mine had 200 calories each)
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Want more vegan comfort food?
Meatless sloppy Joes from around the web:
Chickpea Sloppy Joes – Yup It’s Vegan
Meatless Mexican Sloppy Joes – Veggie Inspired
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