An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.
Alright, football fans. Here we go.
We are going to begin and end this week with some favorite football snacks. I guess it’s about time I accept the fact that we’ve left the real world and entered football season. At least in my house.
And, even though I grew up watching my dad fixate on every Steelers & Penn State game and then married a man who would rather have surgery than miss a Packers game, I still couldn’t tell you the rules. Which, for the record, I am totally OK with.
Even though I look at football Sundays as the perfect opportunity for me to catch on up work & online shopping, I get the fanaticism that surrounds it. Also, I like the food. And anytime there is an opportunity for me to work on a recipe for BL’s enjoyment, you know I’m going to take it.
Which brings me into my own football obsession: Friday Night Lights. OK, I know I’m late to the party. Like 10 years late. But, I finally started watching the Friday Night Lights TV series on Netflix this weekend and… where have you been all my life?
So, as I prepared these Sloppy Joes over the weekend for BL to enjoy during his football game, I also made them for mine- in the form of Dillon High School football drama.
These lentil sloppy joes were actually one of the first recipes I posted here 4 years ago, and they’re just as good now as they were then. I am currently in the process of going through my older recipes and re-photographing them. Even now, they are a favorite around here. High protein, super filling and hearty enough to satisfy both BL’s and my cravings.
There are a few vegetarian meals I rely on when serving my friends who are, how should we put this, a little apprehensive about dining sans meat. When dealing with a mixed crowd, I usually choose between one of my pasta dishes, lentil tacos or these sloppy joes.
For a crowd, I put these lentil sloppy joes in a slow cooker and have a build your own bar. My favorite toppings: diced onions, pickles, hot sauce, extra BBQ sauce and avocados. Always avocados, you know?
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 cup minced white onion
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned is fine)
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar (or maple syrup)
- 1 8oz. can tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Hamburger buns and optional toppings.
- Rinse lentils thoroughly and add to a saucepan with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes until soft.
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and bell pepper and cook until translucent and soft. Stir in the chili powder, cooked lentils and chopped tomatoes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar.
- Add to the lentil mixture and simmer until hot and thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger buns with whatever toppings you'd like!