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