Healthy Soy Sloppy Joes

Healthy Soy Sloppy Joes

A blast from the past, this Recipe Makeover of a 1930's supper dish combines soy, herbs and spices for a quick, flavorful meal.

Per serving: 292 calories and 6.9g fat.

Saves: 120 calories and 9.3g fat over a traditional recipe!


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Serves: 8 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

Yield: 8 x sandwiches

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About this Recipe Makeover

Traditional recipes, although tasty, can be high in calories, fat and sodium. This healthier vegetarian soy recipe trades regular ground beef for soy protein, and uses lower-sodium products.

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  • 1 1/2 cup Textured Soy Protein (TSP) granules, dry *
  • 4 1/2 cup hot water, divided
  • 2 Tbsp soybean oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup seeded and diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 can (6 oz) no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses, full flavor, unsulphured
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 0.45 kg ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 171.43 g tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns


Place soy protein in medium bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups hot water and set aside 5 minutes to rehydrate.

Heat soybean oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent and browned. Add bell pepper, celery, tomato paste, re-hydrated soy protein and 3 cups hot water. Bring to a boil.

Stir in molasses, chili powder, cumin, oregano, vinegar, and salt. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove lid and bring to a boil. Boil 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Stir in spinach and ketchup and return to a boil. Remove from heat and spoon rounded 1/2 cupful onto bun.


* Textured Soy Protein (TSP) is also known as Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP).

Thanks to United Soybean Board -