In honor of National Sloppy Joes Day, I am sharing my version of sloppy joes but with green lentils instead of ground beef.
I grew up eating sloppy joes with my Grandma’s infamous recipe. I hope to post that recipe one day soon.
Sloppy joes were how we spent my Grandma’s birthday or New Years Day. I think everyone was always looking forward to eating them, especially when she made it. Apparently one of my uncles and his family requested it as their first meal everytime they came to town. Through our healthy eating plan (TrimHealthyMama), I am always trying to find ways to eat on plan and eat comfort foods too.
I decided to make the green lentils shine in this recipe of sloppy joes. Because there are not very many plant-based versions out there and I wanted to have a quick and easy meal. This version tastes very similar to it’s meat counterpart and is a perfect meatless meal.
The Ingredients :
In addition to adding some nice texture and an earthy taste to the sloppy joes; green lentils are a high-protein / high fiber count as well as a natural source of magnaese and folate.
Apple cider vinegar – acid
heat – paprika plus cayenne
I usually use one big can of green lentils. I have never used dried green lentils but I imagine the end result would be the same. This recipe also requires carrots and onions as well as celery and peppers if you have them on hand. My grandma would always say in doubt always add extra carrots, you can’t go wrong with them. So the more carrots the better, they are good for the eyes. Also a good selling point when trying to get your kids to eat this or at least try it .
Also a jar or two of tomato paste and a tablespoon of pepper paste.
First I put the all the veggies (onions, carrots, celery and peppers) in a pan and cook them through with some olive oil.
I drain the green lentils and add them into the pot. I mix it around a little bit.
Then I add the tomato/ pepper paste, apple cider vinegar and the spices.
I add about a cup of hot water and then let it simmer for about 30 minutes. I usually taste test it at this point and decide if it needs more acid, spice or salt.
It usually simmers for about 40 minutes and then I let it sit for awhile, while I prepare a cabbage salad and bread.
Here are some other recipes that use lentils that you might enjoy:
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