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Forget the store-bought can of sauce! These quick and easy Homemade Lentil Sloppy Joes taste way better without the junk!

Lentil Sloppy Joes


  • Author: nicoleanndawson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x

Description

Forget the store-bought can of sauce! These quick and easy Homemade Lentil Sloppy Joes taste way better without the junk!


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Ingredients

Lentils

  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock (can also use water)
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed (brown)

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup diced, onion (used red but any will work)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped fine
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled chopped fine
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon natural Ketchup (look for organic, no sugar added)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (use Dijon mustard if you do not have)
  • 12 tsp. cayenne pepper

6 Burger buns


Instructions

Spread out lentils on a flat surface and remove any small pebbles or stones. Rinse lentils in colander. 

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat veggie stock to boiling. Add lentils and reduce heat.  Cover and simmer approximately 20 minutes, or until tender. 
  2. While the lentils are cooking, in a medium sauté pan, heat oil on medium and sauté onion, bell pepper and carrot until tender.  Season with a pinch of salt & pepper. 
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper (optional). Stir to combine.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, drain them and save a little liquid from the pot.  Add lentils to the skillet with sauce and veggies.  Stir to combine.
  5. Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, approx 5 minutes. Add a little bit of lentil water if too thick. 
  6. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more chili powder if you want more smokiness, salt for saltiness, brown sugar for sweetness, or cayenne for heat. 
  7. Serve on top of buns of choice or even works wonderfully on a bed of rice. 

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: top 8 free, vegan, meatless monday
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