Not Just Tofu


In Appetizers, meat substitutes, Recipe, Sandwiches, Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 at 5:48 am

Sometimes life can get really busy and you need a quick bite to eat.  As a vegetarian, you could eat pizza but how many times can you have pizza in one week? Burger King offers a veggie burger which can come in handy.  It also helps to know that it wasn’t cooked on the same grill the meat was cooked on but in a microwave; it is now ideal but it can work.  In need of a healthy, quick and tasty vegetarian snack, I created Sloppy Joe Pockets.  The great thing about this recipe is that it is a double doer.  If you double this recipe, you can use a portion and create my fancy smancy Sloppy Joes with Mozzarella Cheese.  This recipe is healthy, low fat, affordable and most of all delicious. 

Sloppy Joe Pockets

  • ½ cup of Soaked TVP
  • ½ cup of diced bell peppers
  • ¼ cup of diced yellow onions
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced (1 teaspoons jarred)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ketchup
  • ½ Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of no salt seasoning
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tube of refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil
  • Flour for rolling the dough



  1. Frying Pan
  2. Wooden Spoon
  3. Rolling Pin
  4. Cookie Sheet


  • Warm the oil in the frying pan
  • Add the bell peppers, plum tomato and yellow onion and cook till soft
  • Add the garlic to the vegetable mixture
  • Add the TVP and cook for another 3 minutes
  • Combine the ketchup and the tomato paste with the TVP and vegetables
  • Season the mixture with the onion powder, garlic powder, so salt seasoning, salt and pepper
  • Cook the mixture for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove the pan from the fire and let the mixture cook


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  • Dust the counter and the rolling pin with flour
  • Roll each biscuit out to a circle
  • Fill each biscuit with 1 spoonful with the TVP mixture
  • Close each biscuit by folding it over
  • Use a fork or roll and pinch each one closed
  • Bake pockets for 15 minutes on the cookie sheet


Part Two: Better For You Sloppy Joes


  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • ½ cup of Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cup or your favorite bottle marinara sauce
  • Prepare the TVP as instructed above


  • Toast 8 Hot Dog Buns
  • Mix in the Mozzarella Cheese to the warm TVP mixture
  • Warm the TVP mixture until the cheese is melted


  • Fill each hot dog bun with mixed green salad
  • Fill each bun with the warm TVP mixture
  • Top each bun with the warm your marinara sauce
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