Vegetarian Sloppy Joes made with a mix of barley and caramelized vegetables are just as good if not better than the typical hamburger based versions. Packed full of flavor, vitamins, and nutrients, these guilt-free sandwiches will please even the most die hard of meat eaters. And by topping these sandwiches with fermented vegetables such as DIY quick pickled radish and cucumbers, a significant dose of healthy probiotics are added to each bite.
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups mushrooms (portabello, chopped)
- 1 bell pepper (red, chopped)
- 1 bell pepper (orange, chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 cup barley (cooked)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 can sloppy joe mix (or make your own with this sloppy joe sauce recipe)
- 5 to 10 slider buns
- Garnish: pickled radish
In a large sauce pan, add the olive oil, the onion, the red pepper flakes, and a little bit of salt and let it cook down until the onions become translucent; about 5 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, making sure not to crowd and cook for a few minutes until caramelized. Remove and set aside.
Add the peppers and cook down with a little bit of salt.
Add the mushrooms back to the pot and then add the vinegar, the sugar, and a little bit of sea salt and cook down until absorbed; about 10 minutes.
Add the barley and the sloppy joe mix and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes at a low temp.
Toast your buns and gently scoop one large spoonful of sloppy joe mix onto each sandwich.
Cover with a few pickled radish and a slice of pickled cucumber and serve.
This recipe will make anywhere from 5 to 10 sandwiches depending on your bun size.