A delicious meatless take on sloppy joes. Lentils are simmered with a thick hearty tomato sauce and served on toasted hamburger buns.
3 C Water
1 C Lentils (green or red*
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp avocado oil
2 C tomato sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp yellow mustard
3 tbsp brown sugar
thinly sliced onions (optional)
pickled red onions (optional)
Prepare lentils: In a sauce pot, add rinsed lentils and water. Bring to a rapid boil and decrease heat to medium. Cover and cook for approx. 45 minutes.
In a large skillet on medium high heat, sauté diced yellow onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic in avocado oil; 4 minutes.
Pour in the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste.
Turn the heat down to medium; add the cooked lentils and all the seasonings (chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder) DON’T ADD THE MUSTARD OR BROWN SUGAR YET! Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.
Finally, stir in the yellow mustard and brown sugar.
Serve on toasted hamburger buns.
If you are new to lentils, I would suggest the red variety