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Lentil Joe’s

Lentil Joe's

Lentil Joe’s – Clean & Delicious®














Yep.  You read it right.  This is a “Sloppy Joe” without the meat, preservatives, additives, etc.  It’s a real, whole, unprocessed, whole-food, lentil-based Sloppy Joe.

I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like lentils on bread.  I don’t know.  It just sounded kind of heavy to me but having the fighting spirit that I do, I figured I’d better try it before I knocked it.  And so right on top of a kaiser roll the lentils went (I wanted to buy a whole grain roll, but when I saw the mini kaisers I  thought they would be a better road to travel… the mini-sized roll was perfect).  And just for the record, lentils on bread do work, they work really well.

I was actually very surprised at just how well this meal worked.  I was a bit of a skeptic going in, I thought to myself, “c’mon, can lentils with some tomato sauce and maple syrup really replace ground beef smothered in whatever-it-is-that-comes-in-the-manwich-can?”.  Is that possible?

The answer is yes!  Yes, yes, and yes.  It was an ooey, gooey, comforting sandwich that absolutely hit the spot.   And if you really want to round out the meal, do what I did, and serve it along with a nice big side of Kale Chips (to die for!).  So freakin’ good.

I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures of what I did with the leftovers… but just to give you some ideas, one night I spread the Lentil Joe’s over some baked tortilla chips along with some light, shredded cheese  to  make a Lentil Joe’s Nacho plate and another night I mixed them into some whole grain pasta tossed with some simply steamed broccoli.  Both of these were awesome and really quick meals to make (and rather tasty if I do say so myself).

*I used pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s (which is a huge time-saver) and that is the way my recipe is written out BUT if you are making lentils from scratch, you might want to check out the original recipe for a little extra guidance.

**I have a feeling that if you were in a real pinch you could probably make this meal work by using a can of lentil soup.

Lentil Joe’s

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cup of cooked lentils
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4-cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 8 small Kaiser rolls or sesame buns


Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over a medium high heat. Add the onion and pepper and sauté for about eight minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and sauté another couple of minutes.

Add the cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano and cayenne pepper.  Season with salt and pepper and then stir in the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for another ten minutes or so (if it looks a little dry, or if you just want it extra gooey, add some extra tomatoes and/or a few splashes of water). Stir in maple syrup and mustard and cook another two minutes or so.

Spoon a ½ cup of the Lentil Joes onto a mini Kaiser roll.  Enjoy!!

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrients per sandwich; Calories: 233; Total Fat: 2.5g; Saturated Fat: 0.1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 213mg; Carbohydrate: 43.3g; Dietary Fiber: 7.5; Sugars: 8.4g; Protein: 10.6

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17 comments on “Lentil Joe’s

  1. I wasn’t really a Manwich fan, but this sounds good! I think it would be good in a wrap too.

  2. I have a can of Manwich. Do you think I could just mix it with lentils?

  3. Just made this tonight (an adapted version – see blog) It was delicious and that maple syrup really makes the dish!

  4. Yum!!! I used to use the filling from your stuffed acorn squash recipe, with a little more sauce, as sloppy joe’s – yummmm as well – I love that filling!

  5. Wow! Yum! Quite tasty. With food like this I could go vegetarian pretty easily!

  6. Thanks for including ideas for leftovers with this recipe – I love having leftovers and loved the different ideas. The nachos were delicious!

  7. What lentils do you use?
    Red? Green? Yellow?

  8. Kalyn – I agree… it wold be great in a wrap! And lighter too:).

    Lulu Bee – Yes, I think it would work! Would love to hear about your results.

    Lynn – So glad it was a success!

    Krista – Great idea!

    Becky – I know what you mean but at the end of the day I don’t think I could ever say good bye to meat and cheese forever!

    Krista – You’re welcome:)

    Dee – I bought Trader Joe’s pre cooked lentils. I believe they are yellow… but need to dbl check!

  9. This sounds amazing!! So much lighter than heavy beef and definitely packed with fiber and nutrition from the lentils. Yum!

  10. What a neat idea…never thought to try lentils this way a I usually only put it in soups or make Indian dals with it. Sounds tasty!

  11. Great recipe. I think I will make these tomorrow!

  12. Tried this tonight with the boyfriend. He was a little hesitant about the lentils at first but ended up loving it upon first bite! Can tell this will be in heavy rotation! Thanks Dani for another healthy, yummy meal idea!

  13. Trader Joe’s tomorrow when I get my car back!

  14. We don’t have Trader Joe’s here in Texas yet. I was wondering if you’d been able to double check what kind of lentils they are in this recipe- red, yellow or brown? Thank you so much!

  15. Love this recipe, I use it all the time. The maple syrup and mustard really make it delicious!

  16. Loved it! Very filling…didn’t miss the meat at all. Boyfriend even asked for seconds!

  17. I love this recipe! I made it the other day to have with zoodles (with a little bit of crumbled pickled onion cheese on top. Yum) 

    I have been without a car the last couple of weeks, and because this is made with tinned stuff I always have in the cupboard it makes a very good go-to dish when I don’t have much else. 

    I ran out of fresh ingredients last night and my produce delivery isn’t until tomorrow, so today I raided my freezer and dry fried half a chicken breast with some yellow capsicum, salt and pepper, then added the leftover lentil joes as well as frozen peas.  It tasted great! 

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