Sloppy Seconds

veggie sloppy joes

hey joe, whaddya know?

Cleaning out the fridge is never fun. Have you ever reached into your crisper for a cucumber only to discover that said cucumber is now a mushy green blob? True story. So to prevent more mushy vegetables and uneaten leftovers, I decided to give the fridge a proper cleaning and find out just what was in there. What I found, aside from 4 different kinds of mustard, were a lot of ingredients I could turn into a quick, tasty dinner. Those bell peppers with no purpose? Sure. That unused half of a zucchini? Why not? Some leftover marinara sauce? You bet. Supplement with a nice can of black beans and some hearty condiments and you’ve got yourself a sloppy yet overwhelmingly satisfying supper. Seriously, have plenty of napkins handy.

Veggie Sloppy Joes
– ½ of a large white onion, diced
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 jalapeno, diced
– 1 green bell pepper, diced
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– ½ of a medium zucchini, diced
– 1 15.5 oz can of black beans, rinsed & drained
– ½ cup of marinara sauce
– ¼ cup of barbecue sauce
– 1 ½ tablespoons of tomato paste
– 1 tablespoon of coarse mustard
– 1 tablespoon of ketchup
– Cracked red pepper
– 1 ear of grilled or boiled corn, kernels removed
– Jalapeno hot sauce
– Salt and pepper
– Olive oil
– 4 Kaiser rolls or large hamburger buns

In a large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bell peppers and zucchini, season to taste with salt and pepper, and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the black beans, marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, tomato paste, mustard, a ¼ cup of water and a tablespoon of ketchup for good measure, and stir to combine. Season to taste with cracked red pepper. Simmer about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the mixture thickens slightly. Stir in the corn kernels, a few dashes of jalapeno hot sauce and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. If it’s not as saucy as you’d like, add more barbecue sauce or ketchup. Spoon into your favorite rolls and eat.

What’s cool is that you can literally add any leftover vegetables to this mixture. Mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, ground beef – wait, skip that one. How do you use your leftover ingredients? What have you found hidden in the dark parts of your fridge?

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7 Comments on “Sloppy Seconds”

  1. billpeeler says:

    Haha – I always have a hard time keeping fresh herbs. I buy a whole thing of fresh-whatever, use a tiny bit and then 3 days later it’s black and dead. The bane of my refrigerator. But your veggie sloppy joes look awesome!

    • egg me on says:

      Herbs, yes! I always buy those for a specific recipe and then forget about them. I have found that wrapping them in some wet paper towels and putting them in a tupperware (or something similar) keeps them longer. But … that also doesn’t help me REMEMBER to use them. Oh well. 🙂

  2. i’m obsessed with veggies – as far as i’m concerned, you can never have enough! but i somehow always buy too much to the point where the sauce, etc can’t take anymore… thanks for the idea. i’m going to need to try this next time i find myself with too many leftover veggies in the fridge!

    • egg me on says:

      My pleasure! I’m committed to using up all my food, so hopefully I’ll come up with other creative ways to use my leftovers.

  3. Caroline says:

    I love this. What a great way to make use of leftover veggies. That’s happened to me too many times, where I’ll reach for an onion, lemon, zucchini–you name it, and it’s moldy and disgusting. This sounds delicious!

  4. Sometimes leftovers are even better than the original. This looks awesome.


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