Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Black Bean Sloppy Joes


On a summer day, even in a vegan house, the all-American type meals seem to hit the spot.  Sloppy Joes may be the most American meal I can think of; we're sloppy, and we're the 'average joe'.  Hamburgers and hotdogs?  German.  Pizza?  Italian.  Sloppy Joes?  That's the most American thing in existence, next to capitalism and TV dinners.  Anyways, we've posted a sloppy joe recipe in the past, but this one here is a bit different.  We've substituted black beans for the tvp, and because of the flavor notes and texture that coincides with black beans, the rest of the ingredients have been adjusted.  The only way to know which one you'll like more is to make both!

1/4 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp peperoncini, diced
1/2  green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's vegan!)
1 tsp lime

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. 

Add peppers, peperoncini, onions, and garlic, and cook for 7-10 minutes.

While this is cooking, crush the beans so that at least half are crushed.  A fork works well for this.

Add beans to saucepan, stir in tomato sauce, brown suger, and Worcetershire sauce.

Add lime juice, stirring occasionally.  Allow flavors to mix and leave on low heat for 5 minutes.  

Serve over bun and enjoy!

Caloric Info
Servings 4
Total Fat: 2.6 grams
Sat Fat: 0.4 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.9 grams
Monosat. Fat: 1.1 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 391.7 mg
Potassium: 506.5 mg
Carbs: 30.5 grams
Dietary Fiber: 8.1 grams
Sugar: 5.1 grams
Protein: 7.9 grams

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