Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vegan Recipe: Sloppy Lentils

sloppy lentils

Today I am sharing with you a recipe that has, in our home, truly humble origins. Let me share....when Eric and I were in undergrad there were some lean times and during those lean times I would assemble some crazy weird meals from whatever we had laying around. One such day I had some vegan buns, lentils, pickles and ketchup. I think that was about it and from that the sloppy lentil was born. Over the years the sloppy lentil has had several incarnations, but each time it is surprisingly satisfying.

  • 3/4 c. lentils, cooked in 2-2/12 c. of water, until tender
  • dash of olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. finely minced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1/4-1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp each: chili powder and ground cumin
  • pinch of vegan sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 kosher dill pickles, chopped
***Optional: I like to add other chopped and cooked veggies ( carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, etc) to mix it up.

  • Cook your lentils and set aside
  • In a large skillet heat over medium high the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the garlic.
  • Add the tomato paste, water (1/4 c. to start), chili powder and cumin. Stir until it resembles a sauce.
  • Add the lentils and mix.
  • If the sauce is too thick add more water. If you are feeling fancy you could certainly replace the water with vegetable broth.
  • Add the pinch of sugar, salt and pepper, pickles and combine. Add cooked veggies if you feel so inclined.
  • Heat through and then put heaping spoonfuls of the sloppy lentil onto a whole grain bun. Enjoy!
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Anonymous said...

oh that sounds delicious! what a meal! yum!

Anonymous said...

I bought some TVP thinking I can make some sloppy joes, but I realized I don't like TVP... so this is going in my recipe book for when I want a sloppy "anything"! Thanks Maria Rose!

Tammie said...

i love lentils and i think i would like them sloppy as well.

affectioknit said...

YUM! I love sloppy lentils!

~Have a lovely day!

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