Lentil Sloppy Joes

Today’s recipe is a fantastic twist on a classic kid meal.  Sloppy Joes.  Remember sloppy joes?  Did the lunch lady at school ever schlop sloppy joes onto your plate at school?  Well, eat your heart out lunch lady because these sloppy joes are delicious and nutritious!


Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Lentils
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Carrot, diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes (look for BPA free or use 3 fresh tomatoes chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1-2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Mustard

Rinse the lentils thoroughly and place in a pot with the 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes.  Do not overcook.  You want the lentils soft they will continue cooking with the other ingredients.

In a separate large pan, saute the onion, pepper and carrot in olive oil or water for 5-10 minutes.    Add the garlic, chili powder and paprika.  Cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.  Drain the lentils and add to the onion veggie mixture.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for about 20- 30 minutes.

Cook the lentils.

Prep the veggies.

Cook the veggies.

Add the seasonings.

Add the lentils and remaining ingredients and allow to stew 20-30 minutes longer.

Serve on whole wheat buns and Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli as a side dish.



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  1. I am not a meat eater so this is the perfect recipe for me! Looks delicious.

  2. How many sandwiches were you able to make from this recipe? It looks like it would serve maybe 6 people? Very excited to try these!

  3. Holly

    Do you use dry ground mustard – or prepared mustard?

  4. Audrey

    Heads up for those cooking for vegetarians or vegans. Worcestershire sauce is NOT vegan or vegetarian!

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