Monday, 13 January 2014

Meatless Monday: Lentil Sloppy Joes

I was finally home early for a change today, but also incredibly hungry. I'm not sure why. I had lunch but it was small. The easiest thing when you're hungry and want something fast - sandwiches! I remembered some leftover cooked lentils I had in the refrigerator and decided to make me a sloppy joe... vegetarian style! It was quick and delicious, even though I didn't have any good bread. It is also quite hearty with a lovely texture that you don't even miss the meat. The list looks a little long but the quantities of each are small and it's things we always have.

Lentil Sloppy Joes
  • 1 can Lentils (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 small Onion (chopped into fine cubes)
  • 1 small Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 small Carrot (chopped)
  • 1/2 stalk Celery (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 small Tomatoes chopped (with juice)
  • 1 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1/8 C. Tomato Sauce (or 1/4 C. if you like it "sloppier")
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Roasted Geera (or regular cumin)
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Soy Sauce
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional; contains anchovies)
  1. In a little olive oil or butter, sauté garlic and onions until fragrant, about two minutes.
  2. Add bell pepper, celery, carrot, tomatoes and pepper flakes. Sauté for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add lentils and cumin. Mix well.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, sauté for another 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Adjust seasonings.
  5. Served on toasted buns with lots of cheese!