Vegetarian: Vegetarian Dishes: 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!

Author: United Soybean Board -
Date: June 27, 2013

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

Serves: 8 person(s)
Yield: 8 x sandwiches

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins


    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.
  Recipe Makeover

    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

  Traditional Recipe

    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.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:292 cals412 cals
Kilojoules:1,220 kJ1,725 kJ
Fat6.9 g16.2 g
Carbohydrates41.9 g46.7 g
Protein12.8 g21.0 g
Cholesterol0.0 mg44.3 mg
Sodium571 mg744 mg
Saturated Fat0.6 g7.4 g
Fiber6.5 g1.5 g
Calcium90.0 mg89.0 mg
Total Sugars18.2 g9.4 g

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