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.
- 1–2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 15 oz canned or cooked lentils (400 g)
- 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce (250 g)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 6 whole wheat hamburger buns (optional), use gluten-free if needed
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the veggies and the cayenne powder. Cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add more oil or a little bit of water if needed.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, stir and cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- I 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 (I added some red cabbage, carrot, fresh chili peppers, and avocado slices) and enjoy.
- Feel free to use any veggies you have on hand.
- You could also make this recipe using other legumes or even textured vegetable protein instead of the lentils.
- Add any spices or herbs you like.
- The buns are optional, but they’re amazing with the filling, so I think it’s totally worth it.
- If you don’t eat soy, use some salt to taste instead of the soy sauce or tamari. You could also use coconut aminos.
- Tomato sauce can be replaced by tomato puree or even ketchup, but I think tomato sauce (store-bought or homemade) is the best choice.
- Recipe adapted from Laura in the Kitchen.
- Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe without a bun
- Calories: 140
- Sugar: 7.5 g
- Sodium: 822 mg
- Fat: 2.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 22.7 g
- Fiber: 7.2 g
- Protein: 8.3 g