yummy joes

In challenge on January 22, 2014 at 3:19 am

…the opposite of sloppy, in that they are meatless!

i turned to bulgur as my meat substitute. you often see it used in chili instead of ground meat, so why not?


start by bringing three cups of water to a boil with a generous pinch of salt. add one cup dried bulgur. return to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.

if your water is boiling away too quickly, turn it down a little or add a splash more.


you want it soft, but not mushy. al dente. toothsome.

let it sit in the hot pan uncovered while you make the rest of the sauce. don’t worry if there’s a little extra water left in there, but if it looks like more than a couple tablespoons, drain it out.

next, cube one medium red bell pepper and one medium onion. i made them pretty small.


heat a heavy-bottomed (preferably non-reactive since we’re working with acidic tomatoes) pan over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of olive oil.

sautee onions until they start to get brown.


for the seasonings, you can use store-bought steak seasoning if you’d like, or mix up your own:


a half-teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika, plus a quarter teaspoon nutmeg and red pepper flakes.

also, mix your other seasonings:

a tablespoon of brown sugar, a tablespoon of red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of worchestershire sauce, a teaspoon of mustard (any kind will do) and two tablespoons of tomato paste (use ketchup if you don’t have any).

when the onions are nice and brown but not too wilted, add the red peppers and your dry spices, stirring for just a second until they bloom.

then turn down the heat to medium and stir in 23 ounces of tomato sauce and your “wet” seasonings.


let your mixture come to a simmer and bubble along for 10-15 minutes (or more), stirring often. you want the sauce to cook down and thicken a little bit.

when it’s time to add the bulgur, i recommend scooping about half a cup of sauce out of the pan first. you can always add it back in later, depending on how juicy you like your joes… i ended up using all of mine.



serve piled on a bulkie roll with veggies on the side. a delicious, healthy, balanced meal.


yummy joes ingredient list

1 cup uncooked bulgur
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 red pepper flakes or to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 tablespoons tomato paste
rolls for serving

developed upon request of mrs. lnrb

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