Winter usually means comfort food. But January usually means healthy eating.
What’s a foodie to do?
How about take a favorite comfort food, upgrade it to a plant-based meal, and then cook it in the crockpot?
With this vegan version of Sloppy Joes, I’ve done just that. In this easy-to-make dish, chickpeas stand in for ground beef and grain-free buns replace the usual refined flour rolls. The end result is a delicious, filling dish that takes just 15 minutes of hands-on prep time.
Crockpot cooking is one of our favorite ways to cook in the winter. Well, actually, it’s one of our favorite ways to cook in the summer, too.
There’s something so wonderful about tossing all of the ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning, then coming home from a long day to a house that smells like dinner.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes healthy crockpot recipes:
- Crockpot Bone Broth: because you should always have this paleo staple on hand, and it’s never made much sense to me to boil a pot on the stove all day long.
- Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup: grain-free and so easy you’ll want to make this once a week.
- 4-Ingredient French Onion Soup: a tried-and-true comfort food favorite. Vegan and paleo-friendly, you don’t need to top this soup with the traditional layer of cheese. It’s amazing straight out of the slow cooker.
- Slow-Cooker Cauliflower Fried Rice: it’s even easier than calling for take-out. Just toss the ingredients together, cover and cook. Dinner will be waiting when you return home!
Vegan Sloppy Joes
So let’s talk about Sloppy Joes.
For this recipe, I really wanted the flavor here to mimic regular Sloppy Joes, with rich tomato paste, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a touch of maple syrup make for a sweet BBQ-style sauce.
Just like a manwich – only better, because we’re going to toss in two cans of chickpeas.
Once cooked, the chickpeas become almost caramelized with BBQ flavor. Creamy and garlicky, they taste splendid topped with crunchy purple cabbage slaw.
And while you can skip the cabbage and just enjoy the sandwiches straight, I recommend keeping it.
You’ll be adding dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, and folate to your meal. Plus, the bright color makes this meal a feast for the eyes (as well as the stomach).
Do yourself a favor and serve up a dinner that looks as good as it tastes.
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