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Sloppy Joes are a Party Hit

This tasty sloppy joe recipe I discovered was a party hit. Lentils are a super source of protein and fiber. Naturally low in fat and calories, lentils are a great legume that contributes to satiety. Fiber offers benefits in reducing cholesterol, balancing blood sugar and contributing to colon health. In addition, lentils are rich in nutrients including folate, iron, manganese and phosphorus just to name a few.

BONUS: This recipe can satisfy the gluten-free and vegan diners in your party too.

NOTE: Make this recipe the day before and allow it to marinate in the spices for a deep, rich flavor. YUM!

NOTE 2: I paired this with the posted cole slaw recipe. YUM YUM!

Tangy Lentil Sloppy Joes

Total Time 30 minutes Servings 6 Servings Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


· 1 C (215g) French Lentils

· 4 C (815g) Water

· 1 tsp Sea Salt divided

· 1 Tbs Coconut Oil unrefined, virgin

· 2 C (245g) Yellow Onion diced (about 1 medium onion)

· 2 C (230g) Green Bell Pepper diced (about 1 large pepper)

· 2 Large Cloves of Garlic minced

· 2 1/2 Tbs Chili Powder

· 1 1/2 tsp Smoky Paprika

· 3 Tbs Tomato Paste

· 1 1/2 C (426g) Tomato Sauce (1 Can)

· 1 Tbs Pickle Juice or other pickling brine like olive

· 2 tsp Vegan Worcestershire

· 3 Tbs Yellow Mustard

· 2-3 Tbs Maple Syrup or more to taste

Serve with (Optional):

· Hamburger Buns

· Pickles, Tabasco, quick pickled onions, jalapeños, extra mustard, coleslaw.


1. In a small sauce pot, add the lentils, water and 1/8 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low. Cook for about 20-22 minutes, or until tender. Drain the lentils. Set aside.

2. While the lentils are cooking, add the oil to a large saute pan and heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook on low with 1/8 tsp salt for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the bell pepper during the last 7-8 minutes of cooking the onions and soften, stirring occasionally.

3. To the onion/pepper mixture add the garlic, chili powder, paprika and 3/4 tsp salt continuing to cook on low. Stir to coat the veggies. Add the tomato paste, sauce, pickle juice, Worcestershire, mustard and maple syrup. Stir to incorporate. Add the cooked lentils and stir again cooking on low for 5-10 minutes to warm through and to thicken a bit. Serve with warmed buns and condiments.

4. Store the sloppy joes in a lidded container for up to three days or freeze for up to two weeks.


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