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Lentil Sloppy Joes

I went a little "school lunch" retro today - Sloppy Joes!

The hubs is a huge fan of sloppy joes, he could eat them every week. Of course his are made with either ground buffalo or beef, but it got me thinking... could I make sloppy joes for myself that were plant based.

I had some lentils left over from when I cooked lentil taco meat, and thought that would be a great substitute for the meat.  I substituted a bolo roll for the hamburger bun and just cut it open on one side, pulled out a little bread and stuffed it with my sloppy joe filling.  It was fantastic and not too sloppy!
Lentil Sloppy Joes
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/4 onion, diced
olive oil for skillet
1 1/2 cups cooked green lentils
1/2 cup ketchup
1 TBS yellow mustard
1/2 TBS Braggs liquid aminos
1 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 TBS Siracha
salt & pepper to taste
salt and pepper
1 TBS Tabasco, or more to taste
Sauté the onion and green pepper until soft.
Add remaining ingredients and cook until heated through and at desired consistency, about 10 minutes.

Serve on buns or stuffed into rolls.

I’m linking up with Running on Happy, The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday; and  Rock My Vegan Socks & VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays!


  1. What a great idea using the lentils! I have to confess, I have never actually had Sloppy Joe's but this looks pretty yummy!

  2. Using lentils is a great way to change it up. I love sloppy Joe's too. Thanks for linking up for meatless Monday

  3. Sometimes we make sloppy joes with soy crumbles. But lentils sound waaaay better!!

  4. They made great lunch leftovers!

  5. I've made with the soy crumbles too... these feel a bit lighter.

  6. Would you believe I have never had sloppy joes? It's not something we had growing up. I'm totally digging this awesome plant based version =)

  7. It's hard to believe! It was a staple in my childhood - maybe it's a Midwestern thing.


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