Sloppy Joes

Just the other day, there we were making a lasagne with a bunch of patients at the hospital. The sauce was a constant reminder of how easy it really is to add vegetables to whatever you’re eating. Packed with mushrooms, spinach, onions, carrots…we honestly cannot even remember them all, but this home made lasagne sauce was hefty.

Makes 4-6 servings

Besides a lasagne, what else requires a chunky topping?

  • Spaghetti, pasta, or a general primavera sauce
  • Chili
  • …Sloppy Joes!

During our cooking class, we used Yves’ Meatless Ground Round as a replacement. For those who did not participate in the cooking, yet benefited in the eating, they did not mention anything about the lasagne being meat-free.

What’s nice about this recipe is that it may contain whatever vegetables you desire. Just pick and choose.


  • 1-2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 zuchinni, sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 pkg. Yves’ Meatless Ground Round (I used the Italian-seasoned one)
  • 1can (398 ml) Hunt’s no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1can (398 ml) Hunt’s onions, herbs, and spices tomato sauce

How to:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium; add the garlic and onion. Once the onion begins to go clear, add the remaining vegetables. Stir, cover, and allow to cook for ~5 minutes, or until the peppers and carrot begin to soften.
  2. While the vegetables soften, crumble to ground round into a bowl. I like to use a fork to really split it apart (equivalent to mashing a banana when making banana bread).
  3. Add the tomato sauce and ground round. Once heated through, remove from heat and let cool.

Make it a meal:

  • Eat as a chili: pair with a crusty roll or crackers; or stir in some cooked yam chunks
  • Sloppy Joes: place over a hearty bun
  • Pasta sauce: layer over a bed of whole grain pasta (~1 cup cooked pasta)
  • Lasagne filling: alternate whole grain noodles and cheese with this sauce

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