Sunday, July 24, 2011

Meatfree Monday: Sloppy Joes with Lentils

     Lentils has been a scary word in our house. The first time we had them, we tried this recipe that I assume was supposed to be a variation of baked beans. It was terrible. I'm not sure if I didn't do it right, or if it was a bad recipe. Either way, it gave lentils a bad name here. I had half a bag sitting around for a while, then I started mixing it into things like chili and other dishes with a lot of texture.
     Last week, I saw a recipe for Tacos made with lentils and I started wondering if lentils could replace meat in other recipes as well. I thought I would give it a try with Sloppy Joes. It turned out great! These sloppy joes really did taste like the "real thing." The texture was slightly more bumpy, but overall I would make these again. Lentils are so good for you, so it's worth the texture tradeoff.

1cup lentils
1 Tbl vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire
1-1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 c chopped onion
1/3 c chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped banana pepper or pepperoncini
8 oz tomato sauce
1 (12oz) bottle  Chili Sauce
1/4 tsp chili powder
Hot dog buns (or other buns/bread)

  • Boil 1 cup lentils in about 3 cups of water until soft. I boiled them for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine vinegar, worcestershire, and honey.
  • Drain lentils if needed. Add onion, bell pepper, pepperoncini, tomato sauce, chili sauce, red pepper, chili powder, and vinegar mixture. Stir to blend.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer 20 minutes or until thickened. 
  • Serve on toasted buns.
This week's featured recipes...
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Taco Lentils by Creatively Domestic

Black Bean Burgers at Hezzi-D's

Penne with Creamy Zucchini and Basil Sauce at Eats Well with Others


  1. I just made BBQ lentil sandwiches today for lunch.

  2. What a great idea for making sloppy joes healthier and even more delicious.


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