Lentil Sloppy Joes is a delicious, versatile, cheap, and easy recipe, great anytime of year. It can be made on the stove or in the crockpot; whatever works for busy families.
What are lentils? They are legumes, essentially small beans. Not only are lentils cheap, they are an exceptionally nutritious superfood. They’re packed with plant protein, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, folate, niacin and rich in fiber. Nutrition facts.org has some interesting information on legumes, lentils.
Lentil Sloppy Joes are vegetarian, vegan, and allergy friendly. But don’t think for a minutes that only plant-based veggie lovers will enjoy this dish. Meat eaters may be surprised by the rich satisfying flavors and texture of lentils. Perfect for Meatless Monday!
This is a great main dish, especially for kids, outdoor parties, picnics and celebrations. Fun for everyone! Purchase your favorite barbecue sauce (preferably vegan and allergen friendly) if you don’t have the time to make your own. Buy pre-cooked lentils, heat them up with your sauce and “ta-da!”, you’re done. Spoon the Lentil Sloppy Joes onto your favorite bread, bun, lettuce cup, or baked potato. The options are endless.
Remember to make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing veggies!
- Cook Lentils
- 4 cups water
- 2 cup lentils , rinsed
- Sloppy Joe's
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 15 oz cans chopped tomato
- 1/2 cup gluten free beer or vegan broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3/4-1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Dash of worcestershire sauce , gluten free and vegan
- 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- Salt and pepper to taste
Combine water and lentils in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Follow recipe on package.
While the lentils are cooking, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onions and minced garlic. Cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
To onion and garlic add tomatoes, beer or vegan broth, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard powder, paprika, blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar, and ground flaxseed. Blend well. Cook on medium-low for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Drain cooked lentils and stir into sauce mixture. Add more beer/water, as needed, for desired consistency. Cook for 30 minutes over medium heat, stir occasionally to prevent burning or sticking. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on gluten free buns, baked potatoes, you decide.
Garnish with green onions or chopped cilantro.
For a great appetizer, game day treat and meatless Monday's
Remember to make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing some veggies!