Red bean sloppy Joes have a touch of ground beef in them, so while they not quite meatless, they are pretty close. The red beans fill you up with healthy fiber, stretching your grocery budget at the same time! This is a quick and easy, kid friendly dinner.
I frequently get asked by readers of my column in the Greenwood Daily Journal for recipes that have little to no meat, are budget friendly, and are quick and easy to make. Because they are budget friendly, filling, and meatless, nine times out of ten, I share recipes with beans in them. And today is no different – I am sharing one of my family’s favorite dinners. I know a lot of you post your meatless entrees on Mondays, so since this is almost meatless, I thought I would try to slip it in!
I originally saw this recipe in an old issue of Cooking Light magazine. Mark Bittman wrote a great article about reducing your red meat intake, and this recipe was attached. I typically double the recipe when I make it so I can have leftovers for lunch. It’s fantastic on buns, but my family prefers having it on top of steamed Jasmine rice or wrapped in tortillas. ????
When I make the red bean sloppy Joes, I don’t tell my oldest that it has beans in it. I mash the beans completely, and he has never noticed them. You can mash 1/2 of them, as Bittman suggests, but I go all the way. This is an economical dish and is perfect if you need to stretch your meat budget, so to speak.
Let me know what you think of these meaty red bean sloppy Joes!
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