Meatless Monday: Spicy (Vegan) Sloppy Joe filling


I can’t believe it’s Cinco de Mayo and I’m NOT posting a Mexican-ish recipe, although I did throw some of my Tex-Mex flair into this ;)

This recipe was inspired by my friend Michelle, who blogs at Go check her out ASAP!

Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joe filling

Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joe filling



  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp (Hot Mexican) Chili Powder
  • 1 can (15oz) Fire-roasted diced tomatoes w/garlic
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 12oz package of LightLife’s Smart Ground
  • 8oz chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp (reduced sodium) soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chile in adobo, minced
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • dash salt/pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke


  1. Place the onion, garlic, bell pepper, chili powder, tomatoes, Smart Ground, mushrooms, BBQ sauce, and veggie broth in a PAM-sprayed crock pot. Mix until well combined.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, chipotle chile, mustard, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over the ingredients in the crock pot. Stir until combined.
  3. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.
  4. Stir in the Liquid Smoke.
  5. Serve over bread of choice (not included in the nutrition info).

Makes 8 heaping 1-cup servings. Per serving= 122 calories, .5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbs, and 10 grams of protein. 3 Points+

I served this with a side of chunked up summer and winter squash, sauteed in 2 tsp sesame oil with some garlic and ginger. Yum!


Oh and by the way, I ran 6 days last week!

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 3.3 miles
  • Wednesday: 4.04 miles
  • Thursday: rest (did walk 2 miles w/Lucy)
  • Friday: 3.02 miles
  • Saturday: 2.28 miles (plus 4.5 miles walked w/Lucy)
  • Sunday: 8.45 miles (plus 2 miles walked w/Lucy)


Have a great day!


April Summary and May Goals

So I didn’t quite make 100 miles, but I did come close (93.11 miles)! I ran at least 4 days/week. And I did dip back under 120 but unfortunately it didn’t last. I did end up with a .4 pound loss though! ;)

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All in all, it was a good month. I tracked my food more than I had been, but still not daily, and not “every” single bite. So that’s my number 1 goal for May. I’m going back to logging everything at SparkPeople and at Weight Watchers. That’s what got me to goal weight in the first place, so that’s what I always revert back to. I’m also concentrating more on my food choices. I’ve eliminated the little bit of dairy I had been consuming, and the only thing keeping me from being 100% vegan is my coffee creamer. It is non-dairy, but contains casein. I’ve tried all the options, but nothing compares to my beloved Cafe Mocha. I will continue to work on that. Progress, not perfection!

I also want to add in some longer runs. At least a 10-miler, and hopefully a half marathon.  I’m thinking about signing up for the Bucks County Marathon on November 16th. It’s a smaller race that won’t have thousands of people, and it runs alongside the Delaware canal. My only issue is my tummy. I never know when my IBS is going to flare up, and that terrifies me! Sometimes I can’t even make it more than a mile around my neighborhood before “that feeling” overwhelms me :(  Anyways, I’m going to decide by the 16th of this month, as that will give me 6 months to train. There’s also a half marathon there the day before, so that’s an option too.

And now I’m heading back out with Lucy for another walk. It’s a beautiful day, and I can get more mileage in for the #MayMiles challenge at SparkPeople :)

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Have a great weekend!