Truth time: I love Manwich. Are you all full of judgment over that? You shouldn’t be, it’s delicious. Buuuuuut, let’s not talk about how the second ingredient is sugar. And the 4th. And the 6th. True, there is added sugar in my homemade version. True, there’s even two kinds of sugar. But they’re a bit more natural and better fit into the realm of things I like to eat. Not saying I don’t like eating sugar, I just normally prefer to keep sugar in cookies and not in my dinner.
Plus, look at the ingredients list. There’s fresh veggies (not weirdo dehydrated ones — why dehydrate something before you add it to a sauce and can it?) and some spice. I start with tomato paste and tomato sauce as the base ingredients. If you’re not into buying canned, you can make these yourself (I often make and can tomato sauce). I normally opt for a tomato paste that has tomatoes as the only ingredient and tomato sauce that contains just tomato, salt, and a couple of spices. Simple, easy, delicious.
What do you do with sloppy joe sauce once you have it? Uhhh, make sloppy joes. Duh! The Manwich website has a variety of suggestions of what you can do with it if you want to get creative — 1 1/2 c of this sauce = 1 can of theirs. I mixed it with 2 c of prepared soy crumbles and heated it on the stove until hot, but you could use cooked lentils, crumbled tempeh or tofu, chopped up veggies (sautéed carrots and mushrooms!), or even *real* meat if you’re into that. This recipe makes a little over 3 c, so it’s like having two cans of sauce. Perfect if you’re feeding people with multiple diets in one house. If you only need one can worth, you can store the rest in the fridge (I used mine about a week later and it was still perfect) or in the freezer.
Interestingly enough, this even has 30 fewer calories per serving than the canned variety! Win 🙂