My veggie version of an American favorite made with tofu. My boyfriend who recently turned vegetarian loved them and said the sauce was even better than store-bought. Hope you enjoy these tofu Sloppy Joes as much as we did! This recipe yields a lot of Sloppy Joe mix and is even better the next day. I serve these with a side of fresh corn on the cob and a salad.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add diced onion. Cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cumin and salt; saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add tomato paste and break up in the skillet, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, brown sugar, barbeque seasoning, mustard, hot sauce, and paprika. Bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Set aside.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a separate pan over medium-high heat. When heated, add tofu and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add vegetarian crumbles and sauce mixture and bring to a low simmer. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Assemble Sloppy Joes on toasted buns.
Per Serving: 578 calories; protein 23.7g; carbohydrates 92.2g; fat 15.2g; sodium 2006.8mg.