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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Jan 28, 2014 10:29AM ● By Cate Reynolds
Sloppy joes are a great choice for game day, messy and tasty. Try making them with lentils - a hearty vegetarian choice - for a new spin. 


1 cup green lentils
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
15 ounces crushed tomatoes 
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
sliced rolls for serving


Place lentils in a saucepan and cover with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and cover, cooking for 30 minutes until tender. In a large pan, heat oil over medium high. Add in onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in carrot and cook an additional 5 minutes until carrots are softened. Stir in crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well to combine. Stir in chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and cumin and mix well to completely incorporate. Mix in maple syrup and apple cider vinegar and stir well. Turn to low and simmer until lentils have finished cooking. Once lentils are finished, place them in the sauce pan with the tomato sauce. Stir well to completely incorporate. Cook an additional 15 minutes to thicken. Use a spoon and heap a large serving onto your rolls immediately before serving. 

Tip: The rolls will get soggy if you plate too early. Instead, keep this mixture warm on the stove and serve upon request. 

Serves 5

--Kim Cooper--