Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
A few weeks ago, I was on a list to take a meal to a friend who had a baby. As I was skimming the list to make sure I wasn’t bringing a duplicate meal, I saw “sloppy lentils”. Since, I already had a bunch of lentils from my last Azure Standard order, I set to work making some sloppy lentils or vegetarian sloppy joes. Lentils may be little but they have a large nutritional content with many health benefits.
I was very happy with how the sloppy joes turned out and my two
ridiculously picky boys even liked them. When I prepare legumes I prepare them in bulk so I made two variations. The first variation tastes like a classic sloppy Joe and the second has an almost (very) mild Indian flavor.
Classic Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
3 cups cooked lentils*
1/2 red onion – chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbs mustard
1/4 cup bbq sauce
sea salt to taste (I didn’t need any using the store bought ketchup and bbq sauce.)
1. SautÃ© onion in a bit of oil until soft.
2. Add lentils, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, and bbq sauce. Mix well and cook until sauce is thick and warmed through.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes Variation 2
3 cups of cooked lentils*
1 small onion – chopped
1 garlic clove – minced
1 cup of tomato sauce
2 tbs of mustard
1/8 tsp dried mustard powder
1/8 tsp cumin
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs molasses
dash of cayenne pepper
sea salt to taste
1. SautÃ© onion and garlic in a bit of oil until soft.
2. Add lentils, tomato sauce, mustard, mustard powder, cumin, apple cider vinegar, molasses and cayenne. Stir well and cook until sauce is thick and warmed through.
*I presoaked the lentils all day (about 8-9 hours) in filtered water and 2 tablespoons of whey. Then I boiled them in twice as much water until liquid was absorbed. It doesn’t take long.
Serve on a bun of your choice with some simple sweet potato chips, perhaps?
Or if you are watching your grain intake maybe you would prefer Sloppy Lentil Lettuce Boats?
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