Lentil Sloppy Joe’s are a plant-based twist on a classic sandwich.  They are packed with flavor and protein and loved by vegans and meat eaters alike!  If you are a meat eater, don’t be hesitant to try this recipe!  The word “vegan” can be daunting but these are delicious, and you won’t know you aren’t eating meat.  The lentils are hearty, and the sauce has a very similar taste to traditional Sloppy Joe’s.

Lentil Sloppy Joe’s are an easy, filling, and inexpensive meal.  Plus, they taste pretty good as leftover the next day…. if you have any leftover 🙂

The recipe can be found here.

In a small saucepan, add 2 cups of water along with the rinsed lentils.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until the lentils are tender.  Drain and set aside.

While the lentils are cooking, heat oil in a separate skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper.  Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onion and pepper are tender.

Then add the tomato sauce, coconut sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika.  Stir to combine.  This is where the magic happens 🙂  The kitchen will fill with a wonderful aroma as the sauce comes together.

Add the lentils to the skillet and stir to coat.  Heat the lentils for about 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thick and warmed through.

Taste the sauce and add additional salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, or Worcestershire sauce if needed.  It’s all about your taste preference!

Once the lentils and sauce are warmed through, serve on hamburger buns.  Yum!

Make sure to check the ingredients in the hamburger buns if you are gluten free or vegan.  The lentils are also delicious to eat on their own or as filling in a lettuce wrap.  Be creative!

The recipe can be found here.

Happy Cooking!

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