Meatless Monday // Meat-Free Sloppy Joe’s

Meatless Monday // Meat-Free Sloppy Joe’s

This post has been written by guest blogger Niamh from Cooking Veggie. She designed this Meatless Sloppy Joe recipe for me to make and feature as part of my Meatless Monday and my 23 Before 24 goals!

There were a few different options when it came to how to approach this recipe. Sloppy joes are essentially just 90% beef along with some green pepper, ketchup and seasonings. So the beef substitution had to be outstanding. I don’t like cooking tofu for meat eaters too much, as a lot of people find it quite scary. Also, to get tofu tasting delicious is can require a lot of effort; marinating, frying and simmering. I wanted this recipe to be accessible for everyone. Beans would have made things far too sloppy, so I went with lentils.

There is one ingredient that I would say above all else, cannot be omitted. It’s the secret ingredient I use in all my recipes that are trying to mimic meat and its the smoked chipotle pepper tabasco sauce.This stuff is amazing! Don’t be surprised if you end up using the half of the bottle while making these sloppy Joe’s. The key is to put a decent tablespoon of the bottle into the sloppy joe mixture while its cooking. Then, while everyone’s dishing up their Joe’s, have the bottle there for an extra lashing on top of the cheese. The cheese is optional but… come on. If you did want to go without the cheese though this would be completely vegan.

Also optional, but not really optional because it tastes SO GOOD is buttering on toasting your buns. Butter them and then throw them on a hot frying pan for a few minutes to get nice and toasty

This recipe is also great because it absolutely PACKED with veggies. The eggplant adds a richness to the sauce, where as the celery gives such a nice sweetness that I didn’t include the brown sugar that usually goes in to joes. Eggplant tends to soak up a lot of oil when you fry/bake it, so to keep this recipe healthy I steamed it instead. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do this. I just put a colander over a pot of boiling water with a lid on it and it worked perfectly!

Recipe after the jump!

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Nerdy/Geeky Fall/Winter Fashion

Hey everyone! I’m happy to present a new guest post on the blog today! E. L. blogs over at E. L. Lane Writer, and I’m glad to share her nerdy-style take on cold weather fashions. A girl after my own heart! Enjoy!

The weather is cooling down a bit in Miami, and this is when Floridians dust off their furry boots and leather jackets. I took advantage of the cooler weather we had a couple of weeks ago to put together my new favorite nerdy/ geeky fall/winter outfits.

I call the first one…

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The Thing About Anxiety…

Hey everyone! Today we have a guest post written by Heidi Scheuermann of Wandering Thespian. As someone who lives with anxiety, I find this to be very insightful and well thought out. Please enjoy!

I’ve lived a pretty great life so far. I had the good fortune of growing up with parents who are still together – a rarity these days. I have a brother and sister who I actually get along with. I’ve traveled quite a bit more than most people I know. I have an amazingly wonderful and supportive group of friends. Since I’ve been able to drive, I’ve always had a car to get myself around in. I attended private school, and then went on to get both an undergraduate and graduate degree. I never really struggled to learn, and I’ve always been able to keep a job. I have it good. Heck, I have it GREAT. But the thing is, I have anxiety.

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