Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lentil Sloppy Joes

If you haven't tried doing a meatless meal at least once a week, I think you should give it a shot! It is budget friendly of course and most importantly, healthy! Adding more vegetables, beans, legumes, fruits into your diet is always beneficial.

What I love about this tasty and filling meal is the homemade sloppy Joe mix. I remember the very first time I made my homemade taco seasoning. Ever since then, I was hooked. I think homemade spices are way more tastier and no doubt, healthier. I am also in love with 21 day Fix homemade seasonings. You can check the 8 clean eating and 21 day fix seasonings HERE.

I've also shared 9 Pantry Staples that you can absolutely make at home. See it HERE. Now back to this amazingly delicious no meat sloppy Joes, serve it with your favorite wholewheat buns.




Ingredients:

2 cups brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil 
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 cup red bell pepper , diced and seeded
2 tbsp homemade sloppy Joe mix ( ingredients below)
1 can tomato paste, no salt added
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, .inced
1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes, no salt added
2 cups water
pita bread or hamburger buns

For the Sloppy Joe Mix:
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp smoke paprika
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp slt
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tbsp dry mustard

Directions:

Make your sloppy Joe mix. There will be some extra seasoning.  Store the rest of the seasoning in an air tight container.


Cook lentils. Put lentils on a pot covered with at least 2 inch of  water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer lentils until tender. On a large pot, heat with olive oil. Saute onions and bell pepper. Cook until onions are translucent . Add the garlic and cook until slightly brown. 



Add the tomato paste and 2 tbsp of the sloppy joe mix. Stir until the spices and tomato paste are incorporated and fragrant. Pour in the red wine vinegar and stir. Add 2 cups of water and the crushed tomatoes. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the cooked lentils and add it to the pot. Stir and you can mash the lentils if desired.


Serve with pita bread or whole wheat hamburger buns!


It is very tasty and you won't even miss the meat! I was actually surprised that my meat eating husband loves this recipe.



Lentil Tacos

http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/06/lentil-tacos.html

Spinach and Lentil Soup

http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/01/meatless-fridays-spinach-and-lentil-soup.html


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