September 15, 2014
Lentil Sloppy Joes + Video

An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.

Football Fare for everyone! An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.

Alright, football fans. Here we go.

We are going to begin and end this week with some favorite football snacks. I guess it’s about time I accept the fact that we’ve left the real world and entered football season. At least in my house.

And, even though I grew up watching my dad fixate on every Steelers & Penn State game and then married a man who would rather have surgery than miss a Packers game, I still couldn’t tell you the rules. Which, for the record, I am totally OK with.

Even though I look at football Sundays as the perfect opportunity for me to catch on up work & online shopping, I get the fanaticism that surrounds it. Also, I like the food. And anytime there is an opportunity for me to work on a recipe for BL’s enjoyment, you know I’m going to take it.

Football Fare for everyone! An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.

Which brings me into my own football obsession: Friday Night Lights. OK, I know I’m late to the party. Like 10 years late. But, I finally started watching the Friday Night Lights TV series on Netflix this weekend and… where have you been all my life?

So, as I prepared these Sloppy Joes over the weekend for BL to enjoy during his football game, I also made them for mine- in the form of Dillon High School football drama.

Football Fare for everyone! An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.Football Fare for everyone! An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.

These lentil sloppy joes were actually one of the first recipes I posted here 4 years ago, and they’re just as good now as they were then. I am currently in the process of going through my older recipes and re-photographing them. Even now, they are a favorite around here. High protein, super filling and hearty enough to satisfy both BL’s and my cravings.

There are a few vegetarian meals I rely on when serving my friends who are, how should we put this, a little apprehensive about dining sans meat. When dealing with a mixed crowd, I usually choose between one of my pasta dishes, lentil tacos or these sloppy joes.

For a crowd, I put these lentil sloppy joes in a slow cooker and have a build your own bar. My favorite toppings: diced onions, pickles, hot sauce, extra BBQ sauce and avocados. Always avocados, you know? 

Football Fare for everyone! An easy sandwich loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce. Each sandwich packs 12g of fiber and 10g of protein.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

Watch how to make it here:

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

Description

Our favorite high-protein sandwich! BL asks for this one weekly! Filled with vegetables and yummy lentils.


  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan
  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup minced white onion
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned is fine)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (or more/less to taste)
  • Hamburger buns and optional toppings.

Instructions

  1. Rinse lentils thoroughly and add to a saucepan with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes until soft.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and bell pepper and cook until translucent and soft. Stir in the chili powder, cooked lentils and chopped tomatoes.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar. Season to taste with salt and set aside.
  4. Add to the lentil mixture and simmer until hot and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns with whatever toppings you’d like!

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  1. Hello! This looks so delicious! You mentioned that you sometimes make these in a slow cooker. Could you please tell me how the directions differ for the slow cooker?

  2. Are you cooking the lentils in the slow cooker or in a pot? How long do you cook in a slow cooker? And what type of lentils are you using? Green/red?

    • Hi Wanda! you can do either! I cooked the lentils in a pot, but any method will work- slow cooker, pressure cooker, or stove. I like the stove or a pressure cooker the best since they will be done in 30 minutes or less! For the slow cooker, I would plan for low 5-6 hours, high 2-3 hours.

    • I just tried these tonight, with a few mods, and they were wonderful. My meat-loving hubby adored them. My daughter is a vegetarian so I can’t wait for her to get home and try them! Yum!

    • Thank you! Maybe that’s why I like football food so much?? I know BL is going to want to watch it all day… so I’ll make a ton of food to enjoy with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sorry – I’m confused as to when you add the lentils to the onions/tomatoes/carrots etc. Says to add the sauce to the lentil mixture. But if you read it, there isn’t a lentil mixture there’s a onion/tomato/carrot mixture and there’s lentils.

    Thanks,
    Tanysha

    • Sorry for any confusion! Totally my fault! You add the lentils when you add the tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s updated- thanks for being my eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. While I love a good football game myself, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the food and celebrating are probably my favorite parts of the experience. I’m oh-so-late to the party and haven’t watched Friday Night Lights yet, but everyone always raves about it. It’s about time I get on that. Great recipe – I’m always looking for new ways to use lentils.

    • Im seriously obsessed with the show. My mom watched it for years and I never got into it but now I am a huge convert. It’s perfect! And yeah- this is my favorite recipe for lentils!

  5. I clicked over here from Dixya’s site and I’m so glad I did! These lentil sloppy joes look amazing and totally football friendly! (And don’t worry, I still don’t know the rules, either ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  6. I’m a huge football fan myself (totally on the same page with your dad rooting for PSU and my beloved Steelers), and I’m obviously a huge fan of tailgate food and these would be perfect! I love making meat-like foods and not telling my friends what it really is- so fun!

    • Yay! I really should be a huge PSU and Steelers fan- my entire family is obsessed but I just can’t get on the train! I will sit and eat all the food though ๐Ÿ™‚ Tailgaiting is actually really enjoyable- we often go tailgate at the stadium without going in- which is totally ok with me ๐Ÿ™‚

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