Jerk seitan sloppy joes for a fast dinner on Meatless Monday

Categories: Vegetarian

It's tough to find the time to cook much of anything during the busy holiday season, but you don't have to sacrifice a sit-down dinner for drive-through. This jerk seitan sloppy joe recipe takes less than half an hour to throw together -- including the creamed spinach that tops off the sloppy joe -- and will feed four to six hungry adults, so it's a great choice for a weeknight meal. We adapted this recipe from Isa Does It.

See also: Homemade seitan for a meat substitute on Meatless Monday

You will need:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion
3/4 teaspoon plus one pinch of salt
1 pound seitan (we used some from Denver Seitan Company, but you can also make your own -- just remember to allow more time)
5 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper
1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 lime
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 pound baby spinach
1 cup coconut milk (if you want really creamy creamed spinach, use canned coconut milk instead of the stuff that comes in a carton)
2 star anise pods
6 burger buns -- the bigger, the better

1. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large, cast-iron skillet.

Chop up the onion.

Add the onion to the skillet with a pinch of salt and cook until soft, about five minutes.

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