Lentil Sloppy Joes
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils, soaked for a few hours (or overnight) and rinsed
  • 2-3 cups Boston Lager, or dark ale beer (** if not using beer .. water or vegetable broth are great options)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped (~ ¾ to 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard powder, dried
  • One 15-ounce can crushed, fire-roasted tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (** or organic brown sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ tsp sea salt (** adjust according to taste; how much is needed will also depend on the tomatoes and tomato paste you use)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth (or more as needed)
  • 6 sprouted grain buns (** or gluten-free bun of choice if following a gluten-free diet)
  • Toppings of Choice
  • Tabasco sauce, sriracha, pickles, onions, sauerkraut, coleslaw, avocado slices, etc ..
Instructions
  1. Place lentils in a large pot, and cover with beer (enough so that there's at least a full inch or two of water above the lentils).
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the lentils are chewable, but still have some firmness to them. Drain them and set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and pepper, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the onion is soft and clear, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the garlic, chili, paprika, and mustard, and continue cooking for another minute or two, until the garlic is quite fragrant.
  7. Add the lentils, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar or maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  8. Bring the mix to a simmer, adding more broth as needed.
  9. Simmer until the mixture has thickened to your liking, about 15 to 20 minutes
  10. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  11. Divide sloppy joes onto the buns and top with toppings of choice, including some Tabasco or sriracha for heat, if desired. Serve
Notes
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 14
% Carbs: 71
% Fat: 15
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Sandwich (out of 4) Calories: 303 Fat: 5.86 Carbohydrates: 54.1 Sugar: 20.1 Protein: 10.1
Recipe by Veggies By Candlelight at https://www.veggiesbycandlelight.com/lentil-sloppy-joes/