Happy Memorial Day Week!
I think that this should be a holiday.
In honor of Memorial Day week, I thought I would share with you the lone survivor from our Memorial Day party.
And by lone survivor, I mean the only food that was leftover. And I think it will be a sleeper hit. You see, the crowd at the party was not very familiar with the world of Badger Girl cuisine and when I described this dish, I made the mistake of using the V-word.
And that scared off the meat-eaters. They were a little hedgy about the quinoa salad and the fact that my sloppy joes had way more veggies in them than meat.
They were thrown off that I had more lettuce leaves than buns.
I didn’t even tell them that the cupcakes at the cupcake bar were mostly gluten-free and the party favorite, chocolate, was vegan as well.
So, it’s not surprising they passed by the self-proclaimed vegan entree. And to be honest, Manatee and I are thrilled. This means we have a whole batch of Sloppy Vinnies all to ourselves.
homemade vegan sloppy joes
1 tablespoon oil
1 can of kidney beans, drained
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 red or yellow pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 bunch of celery, diced
4-5 carrots, diced
1/2 cup water
ketchup, yellow mustard, and brown sugar
- In a large pan, add oil and saute peppers, onion, carrots, and celery until onions are translucent.
- Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes. Heat until warmed through.
- The ratio for the sauce is 1 part brown sugar to 2 parts mustard and 3 parts ketchup. There are no measurements for this sauce. It’s really best if you taste as you go. I would start with a few tablespoons of brown sugar to about 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of mustard. Then keep tasting and adding as you go. My favorite version of the sauce has a hint of sweetness balanced with rich tomato from the ketchup and a slight tang from the mustard.
- Let simmer for 10-15 minutes on low heat.
I am not joking when I say that Manatee and I are thrilled that this was leftover. This is a green eggs and ham type of dish.
We will eat it on chips, we will eat as a dip. We will eat in a lettuce wrap, we will eat in a snap. On salads, on eggs, with cucumbers, while standing on one leg. We will eat it here and there, we will eat it everywhere!
I dare say I may even like it better than the meat version.
It’s the best of both worlds: the tangy sauce that I grew up with mixed with tons of great veggies and fiber from the beans.
How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? Eat anything yummy? Do anything fun?