Vegan Sloppy Joes
Enjoy a plant-based version of a childhood classic with these vegan sloppy joes. Lentils simmer in a sweet and smoky tomato sauce and then are piled on a bun for a quick and easy meatless meal that everyone will love!
- ½ cup dry brown or green lentils
- 1 ⅓ cup water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 orange or red bell pepper diced
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 cup diced mushrooms
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 4 whole grain buns toasted
- Toppings: onions pickles and/or coleslaw
Prepare lentils by rinsing them and adding to a pot with water and a bay leaf. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat down and simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat, discard the bay leaf, drain any excess liquid and set the lentils aside to cool. This step can be done in advance.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and mushrooms and sauté for 7-10 minutes, until softened.
Add the cooked lentils, tomato sauce, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Serve the sloppy joe mixture on toasted buns with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Serving: 1 sloppy joe, no toppings | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g