I’ve wanted to try Sloppy Joes for a long time and I finally did it a few weeks ago. Oh my god! I think it’s one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tried. I wish I had tried it before!
The flavor is amazing and although is a messy experience, they’re easier to eat if you cook the filling long enough to get a thick paste, that way the Sloppy Joes won’t fall apart.
To make a vegan version of this American dish, we used lentils and the texture is just perfect, besides, the recipe is healthier and lighter. We’ve used lentils instead of ground beef before to make awesome recipes like this lentil bolognese or this low fat vegan shepherd’s pie, you should try them!
- Use water instead of the oil if you prefer a low-fat version.
- Add your favorite veggies and spices.
- If you don’t consume soy, add some salt instead of the tamari or soy sauce.
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ⅛ tsp cayenne powder (optional)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ¼ onion
- ½ red bell pepper
- ½ green bell pepper
- 15 oz canned or cooked lentils (400 g)
- 1½ cup tomato sauce (250 g)
- 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp cane, coconut or brown sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
- 6 whole wheat hamburger buns (optional)
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the veggies (chopped) and the cayenne powder. Cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add more oil or water if needed (we added 2 tbsp of water).
- Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- We usually heat the buns in the oven, a frying pan or a toasted, but it's up to you.
- Serve the filling over the buns, add your favorite veggies (we added some red cabbage, carrot, fresh chili peppers and avocado slices) and enjoy.