I had seen a post on Facebook asking about Vegetarian Sloppy Joes and needing a recipe alternatives to the Morning Star ground. The following post is two years old but after I saw the post and responded to the person on Facebook I got to thinking maybe I should bring back this recipe for those that may have missed it.
Sloppy joes are one of my favorite foods, they are simple and if done right really good. I have experimented with all different meat alternatives but enjoy the health benefits of the lentil full of clean protein and fiber. Lentils are rich in folate, niacin, and vitamin E. As well as a great source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
I substitute lentils in so many ways that I usually have some already cooked and ready for me to use in a wide range of foods but if you do not have them on hand. Place preferred amount cleaned and in a pot with just enough water to cover the lentils then cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes. You my season them but when I cook them for the purpose to have them on hand I wait to season them later.
GREAT TIP: I have found that when I use lentils for meatless meat balls or a meatless ground I mash them slightly and let them dry a little.
I like to use brown or green in this recipe but you may use what ever kind you prefer.
1 – 1/2 cup of cooked lentils slightly mashed (may use more for a large family adjust the following ingredients as well)
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 small onion diced
4-5 mini sweet peppers diced
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 Teaspoon (vegetarian friendly) Worcestershire sauce
1 Teaspoon of vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon of dry mustard
1 Teaspoon or so of brown sugar
The following per your taste salt, pepper and garlic powder
In a pan add olive oil, garlic, onion and peppers sauté until fragrant and onion is almost translucent. Add lentils cook until lentils start to look a little crisp then add brown sugar and rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve on buns or bread, can top with cheese.
Makes about 2-3 large sandwiches depending on size of bun and amount you use for each.