Eat More Plants With This Fiber-Rich Recipe for 6-Veggie Vegan Sloppy Joes

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Traditional sloppy joes are the ultimate meat-centric dinner, which is one reason why I especially like to give them a vegan reimagining; a little plant-based magic if you will. If you're following along with our 2022 ReNew Year plan, you already know that eating more plants is one of the best ways you can live a sustainable, climate-conscious life. This recipe is proof that you can sub out plants for meat even in the most notorious meaty meals—without sacrificing on taste.

I incorporate six different types of vegetables into my vegan sloppy joes recipe, which helps give the dish the perfect texture and also makes this meal loaded with fiber. The veggies in this recipe include cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets work just as well), onion, red skin potatoes, green bell pepper, carrot, and peas. Peas may be small, but they pack a lot of protein, another reason why I love using them here.

While traditional sloppy joes tend to be seasoned with chili powder and tomato sauce, I like to use Indian spices in mine. Garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, and garlic all work amazingly here. I like to add a little cilantro for an added layer of freshness, too.

After the veggies are mixed together with the spices and sauteed on the stove, your vegan sloppy joes are just about done. Serve it with toasted bread and you have yourself an easy dinner that has even more veggies than a standard salad.

Plant-based eating is easier than you thought, right? Keep reading for the full recipe.

Indian vegan sloppy joes recipe

1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 cup frozen cauliflower rice or fresh cauliflower florets
2 red skin potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 carrot, chopped
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish
Wedges of lemon
Bread for serving

1. In a large pot, add oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, garlic, and ginger.

2. Add cauliflower, potatoes, bell pepper, carrot, peas, cayenne, turmeric, and season with salt. Next, saute well. Reduce heat and add half cup water and cook on low heat until vegetables are tender.

3. Mash with potato masher or fork for a few minutes adjusting consistency. Season with salt, then add lemon juice and garam masala.

4. Serve with toasted bread, topped with cilantro and a wedge of lemon.

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