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.
- 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
- Category: Sandwiches
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
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