Sloppy joes for many are associated with their childhood- the carefree days of summer, family BBQs, and just the “good times”. And really, who doesn’t love a good joe? Welllllll… I have a delicious, healthy, vegan recipe for you that will throw ya back to those times, but at the same time will fuel your health. A joe? And a healthy joe? I am avOKAY with that! Annnd this is carnivore husband tested + tried. Verdict: He LOVED them!
- 6 Avocados
- Two 15 oz. cans (or 4 cups) of rinsed and dried cooked chickpeas
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/3 medium red onion,diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
- 1 15-oz. can unsalted tomatoes with liquid
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
- 1.5 TBSP Sriracha (omit if you don’t care for too much spice)
- 1 TBSP all natural maple syrup
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- Plain vegan yogurt (or plain greek yogurt if you are OK with straying from the 100% veg.)
- Chill avocados in refrigerator (trust me- they are much better cool than room temp.) for a few hours.
- Cut in half & de-pit the avocados, and scoop out about 1/4″ of the center
- Dice garlic, mince red pepper and onion
- In a mixing bowl, mash chickpeas with clean hands or a fork into small chunks, set aside. (If you notice the skins falling off the chickpeas, just go ahead and pull them out of the mix & discard).
- Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent/garlic is fragrant.
- Add the bell pepper and mashed chickpeas; sauté for about two minutes
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, soy sauce, Sriracha if desired, syrup, oregano, cumin, paprika, thyme, a touch of salt and pepper; simmer, stirring for about 15 minutes until heated through and thickened. (If it starts to stick too much, turn down heat a touch and add a little water to deglaze the pan).
- Scoop heaping 1/4 cup chickpea mix into avocados
- Serve immediately with 1/4 cup yogurt of choice!
- Bon appetite!
**Feel free to add the “joes” to a plain bun or butter lettuce wraps if you aren’t an avid-avo fan!
Nutritional Facts per 1/2 stuffed avocado: (makes about 12 halves).