Today, I’m one of many food bloggers participating in a special awareness event — Food Bloggers Against Hunger. This is a topic that is personally very important issue to me. Did you know that someone on government food assistance (SNAP) will typically receive only $3-$4 a day to purchase food for themselves? Could you imagine spending only $1 for each of your meals? I recently watched the new documentary, A Place at the Table, and it left me wondering if I could buy food to make a healthy family meal for 4 on just $4. I went shopping to find out if it was possible with one of my most frugal meals, Meatless Sloppy Joes.
Yield:6 sandwiches (generously sized) 1x
2 15.5 oz cans dark red kidney beans (rinsed, drained, divided)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small or medium sized onion (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup grated carrot
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
6 sandwich rolls or hamburger buns
In a food processor, pulse half of the kidney beans until all mashed up.
In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper to pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
Add the grated carrots, chili powder, sugar, oregano, and red pepper flakes to the onion mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.
Stir the mashed beans and the remaining whole beans into the tomato mixture.
Heat thoroughly and serve mixture on the sandwich rolls.
–Don’t have a food processor? Just mash the beans in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.
–If necessary, substitute white granulated sugar for the brown sugar if you don’t have brown sugar on hand.
–If you wish, add 1 tablespoon minced garlic with the onion