Sloppy Joe

I have found that this recipe works well as vegetarian dish too. For the beef I have substituted TVP; a mixture of finely chopped vegetables like zucchini, carrots and mushrooms; beans; or some combination of these.  You will need about 3 cups of vegetables to start.

1 pound ground beef (or some other protein source)
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. quick cooking oats
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (use soy sauce for vegetarians)
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Dash hot pepper sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried mustard

Brown beef, onion and celery, drain excess fat. Stir in remaining ingredients and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer about 30 minutes until thickened.

Serve on toasted buns.

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