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.
- 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 saut for about eight minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and saut 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 cup of the Lentil Joes onto a mini Kaiser roll. Enjoy!!
- Makes 8 servings.