I've been threatening to make sloppy joes for dinner for over a year but haven't managed to get around to it. Last night, though, without even thinking, I made a variation.
I was sautéing some ground lamb in a pan with eggplant, leeks, sweet potato leaves, broccoli and kale. I looked in my refrigerator for anything else I could add and saw a half-used jar of tomato paste.
I added the paste, plus a little water to thin it out; the concentrated tomatoes added great color, flavor and texture to the mixture. The fat in the lamb also helped everything come together, plus I added some ground cumin, unrefined sea salt and fresh ground pepper for additional flavor.
A traditional sloppy joe is comprised of ground beef, onions, tomato paste (or some variation) and seasonings, so I'll consider my lamb-veggie-tomato paste concoction a worthy cousin.