Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sloppy Lentil Joes

One of the things I love most about plant based eating: I get excited over every meal.

Even the kid-friendly favorite sloppy joe gets me wiggling my behind as I stare at my big fat plate of goodness. These are not common sloppy joes, darling. These are bangin' lentil sloppy joes that forgo the junk in processed meat analogs. Wholesome plant foods with familiar flavors. Brilliant.
This recipe makes a ton (I would guess equivalent of 2 pounds of crumbles/meat)...easy for large get togethers or freeze for future. If you have a favorite sloppy joe recipe mix, feel free to use it in place of this one. Just add the cooked beans to the mixture. Using lentils in place of the ground stuff has easily become our new favorite. Still sloppy as heck.

Sloppy Lentil Joes

1 1/2 cup dried lentils
6 cups water
1 large white onion, chopped
3 garlic gloves, minced
1 8oz can no added salt tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
3 1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 brown sugar
8 whole wheat hamburger buns

1. Add lentils in large saucepan with water. Cook about 20 minutes according to package.
2. Set cooked lentils aside. Saute onions and garlic in same large saucepan. Stir in tomato sauce, paste, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and cooked lentils. Bring to light boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer until heated throughout and ready to serve. Add water by the tablespoon if not 'sloppy' enough.
4. Spoon 1/2 to 3/4 cup mixture on each bun. 
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