I never would have thought to use beans to substitute for beef in a Sloppy Joe. So glad the Kathy Hester did think of it because it’s simply delicious and simply healthy. Her new book, “ The Great Vegan Bean Book” is so chock full of interesting and exciting ideas for incorporating beans into your meals. I knew it would have great bean recipes. I didn’t expect to be captivated with all Kathy’s unique ideas for substituting beans for traditional ingredients in so many dishes. She really has a knack for creating delicious recipes without lots of work, time or expense.
I’ve kept Kathy’s book beside my bed for over a week now and keep scheming in my head which recipes to try first. I finally decided that her ‘Sloppy Buffalo Beans’ would be my first and what a delicious first it turned out to be…..
The spicy, hearty taste of the Kidney beans cried out for a sweet slaw. It’s a somewhat Southern tradition to add slaw right on top of your sandwich that you may not have ever tried before. Try it. The creamy sweet slaw cuts a little of the heat from the Buffalo sauce in these beans without covering up the delicious flavors. I added in a little bit of red delicious apple for the mild tangy sweet. Here’s the recipe for the slaw:
16 oz. of shredded cabbage or slaw mix
1/2 cup Vegan Sandwich Spread
1/2 Medium Red Apple, chopped into small cubes
1 Green Bell Pepper cubed
Juice of 1 Lime
1 tsp. Celery Seed (or Salt)
1/2 tsp. Garlic
1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar
4 Tbs. Maple Syrup or Agave Nector
Mix wet ingredients together and then pour over cabbage, peppers and apple. Stir and keep refrigerated. Will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
Kathy’s ‘Sloppy Buffalo Beans’ combine simple bold flavors of Kidney Beans, Buffalo Sauce, a little Liquid Smoke and Tomato to create a VERY sloppy sandwich that will fill your mouth with wonderful textures and heat. It’s well worth the mess. The beans are also delicious on their own if you’d rather serve them in a bowl and avoid the drips, but this sandwich filler is a must try…at least once!
Her book has such a wide variety of recipes from dips and sauces to desserts (yes desserts) and fancy main dishes. Your family will never believe the variety of flavors and fun in these recipes. I can’t wait to try another new one this weekend…..
Speaking of the weekend, wouldn’t these spicy Buffalo Beans be a fantastic addition to any Memorial Day celebrations? I think so.
Get your hands on Kathy’s ‘The Great Vegan Bean Book” and start exploring for yourselves.
Be sure and share your own recipe news with us as well. Have a safe holiday weekend everyone
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