Friday, March 8, 2013

family friendly friday

meatless sloppy joes

This is a great recipe to make for a big family.  We make the whole recipe for just the two of us, then eat sloppy joes all week long.  And don't you worry about not getting enough protein! Lentils have the third-highest protein content in the legume family (after soybeans and hemp).  I promise you will be pleasantly surprised by this sweet and spicy dish.


the recipe:
1 lb brown lentils
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1/2 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper

Cook lentils according to instructions. Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes, until mixture reaches desired thickness.  Drain lentils, and add to sauce.  Serve on toasted buns. 


  1. That sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it!

  2. I have been looking for more lentil recipes. Thanks! Do you think it matters what kind of lentils you use (brown,red)?

  3. For this recipe, I like brown. I have an awesome "bean dip" recipe that calls for red lentils, I'll post that soon! But, go ahead and experiment! Then, let me know what you like best :)