By Hell Yeah It's Vegan
Link to Vegan Sloppy Joes recipe.
GV comments: Sloppy Joes were served every Thursday in our elementary school cafeteria. Although my mom packed our lunches every day, we sometimes got to buy our lunches on Thursdays. Sloppy Joes are now a bit old-fashioned, and made from beef they're not very healthy, but I still like vegan versions of the sandwich. The sweet/salty/spicy combination is winning, and if you get good-tasting buns, the texture is fun in your mouth. I like this version using textured vegetable protein (TVP), because I think tofu- and lentil-based versions are too mushy. You could go for frozen meat-like crumbles, but TVP is so much less expensive, and the results are the same by the time you add the sauce. If you're under 40, serve these to your older relatives and make them smile.
Timing: 35-40 minutes, including prepping the vegetables
Nutrition: Mostly whole-food unprocessed (TVP is processed, as is oil, although you could microwave or water-saute the onions and peppers)
Gluten-free if you use gluten-free buns