It’s a good idea to put a pot of whole grains up to cook as soon as you begin to think about what to have for dinner. This will ensure that the grains are done when everything else is ready to eat in about an hour. In this recipe we are using barley, a highly nutritious grain loaded with protein and fiber. We are combining it with vegetarian ground beef in a tomato, onion, and green pepper sauté for a delicious and classic meal.
1 lb. of Ives Veggie Cuisine brand vegetarian ground round (or the real
thing if you must)
As mentioned above, first cook the whole grains by bringing 2 1/2 cups of water plus 1 cup of barley to a rolling boil. Then cover the pot and allow it to simmer for about 40 minutes.
Next, finely chop your onion and green pepper and combine it with the minced garlic in a frying pan along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or use Pam spray). Allow the chopped vegetables to simmer for a minute or two, add the ground beef, and then sauté the mixture for a few more minutes. Next add the cooked barley and mix in 2-3 cups of tomato sauce Finally, add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Scoop the “Sloppy Joe” onto a slice of whole grain bread, sprinkle cheese on top, cover with a second slice of bread and eat as a sandwich. A sloppy and finger lickin’ good classic!
This dish goes well with a side green vegetable such as broccoli, green beans, or asparagus. Serves 4 adults. Suitable for freezing.
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