|Tempeh Sloppy Joes|
A food that is inherently impossible to eat, that will leave your fingers sticky and your white blouse a casualty of the first order? Yes, please!
Love them or hate them, Sloppy Joes have been a staple in childhood lunchrooms since, well, at least the 28 years I’ve been alive. It is strangely satisfying to eat a meal that really makes your work for it. May require multiple napkins, a hair tie and a fork, but eventually you can conquer this worthy adversary and join the Clean Plate Club!
Usually prepared from a syrupy-sweet tomato sauce and ground beef atop a Wonder Bread bun, these messy delights target the American tastebuds for salt, sugar and fat. In my ripe old age, I try to avoid such trifectas of gastrointestinal and blood sugar terror, but I don’t want to miss out on the fun and flavor! So two nights ago, I entertained a girlfriend with LL Balanced-style Tempeh Sloppy Joes, and we giggled our way through a healthy and delicious, albeit unladylike meal!
Tempeh is my absolute favorite substitute for ground meat, because it truly absorbs whatever flavor you throw its way, and the texture are a dead ringer. Tempeh is, essentially, a block of compressed soy beans that has been fermented, making it highly digestible and packed with good bacteria and other nutrients. If this all sounds terrifying, just take away that it’s a mild-tasting, customizable vegan alternative!
I served our Tempeh Sloppy Joes on a 100% whole wheat bun by Rudi’s, because I couldn’t find anything gluten-free that had an ingredient list I approve of. I’m going to attempt some GF buns in the future like these eventually, but I would champion your giving it a try before me if you’re so inclined!