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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2 sliders/person

Recipe By: Laurie McNamara

From:  Simply Scratch

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Sweet, spicy and satisfying, these hearty lentil sloppy joes are a vegetarian-friendly take on the traditional saucy sandwich.

Ingredients
Lentil Sloppy Joes
1 pound organic brown lentils
5 1/4 cups water, divided
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
1  medium yellow onion, finely diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups organic ketchup
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
24  whole wheat slider buns
Cilantro Cabbage Slaw
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1  medium lime, juiced
1  jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1  small head of purple cabbage, shredded
1  small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
2  green onions, sliced thin on an angle
2  carrots, peeled and grated
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Directions
Combine slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate for one hour or until ready to serve.

Rinse and drain one pound of lentils. Place them into a large saucepan. Pour in five cups of cool water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and set off to the side.

In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, water, maple syrup, mustard and vinegar. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Preheat a Dutch oven over medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, saute the peppers and onions together until soft and translucent. Next, add in the minced cloves of garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to low and pour in the sauce. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the drained lentils, stir to combine and heat for 5 minutes or until warmed through.

Spoon the lentil sloppy joe filling on a whole wheat slider bun and top with the slaw and serve.

Sloppy joe filling can be kept warm in a crock pot set on low or warm setting.

Alternate Method: Substitute 1 packet Simply Organic Sloppy Joe seasoning for chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper when making the sauce.
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