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Wheres the Beef? Sloppy Joes

What you need: 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
6 ounces tomato paste
12 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons dried barbeque seasoning
1 pound tofu, drained and crumbled
6 ounces vegan "beef" crumbles
2 medium zucchinis, diced
12 wheat buns

What you do: 

1.Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat and add the diced onion. Cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and the cumin and fry until fragrant. Add tomato paste and break up in the skillet for 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, brown sugar, mustard, hot sauce, BBQ seasoning and paprika. Bring the mix to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes, set aside.
2. In a separate pan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. When heated, add the zucchini and tofu and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the vegan beef crumbles and sauce and bring to a low simmer. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
3. Toast the buns in the oven until golden brown and assemble sloppy joes! I serve these with a side of fresh corn on the cob and a salad.
Source of recipe: I was craving sloppy joes and created this recipe as a wonderful alternative to the meat version.. My boyfriend (who loves meat) says this is the best sloppy joe sauce he's ever tasted :) This recipe yields a lot of sloppy joe mix and is even better the second day!

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes, Cooking time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 
35 minutes
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What a great recipe! I made it more like traditional sloppy joe's, just with the "beef" crumbles, no tofu or zucchini. Oh, I also added a chopped red pepper because it just isn't a sloppy joe without red bell pepper in it. Delish! Will be adding this to the menu for sure!

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