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Super Healthy Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes!

Seeing as I’ve posted recipes for both Healthy Oreos and Healthy Butterfingers this week, I figured a non-dessert post was in order. After all, a person can’t live on chocolate, cookies, and candy, alone. We can come close…

Anywhoos, so last night I made these:

Meatless Sloppy Joes

Thinking of sloppy joes brings me back to high school.

My mom always placed high importance on family dinner nights, and she’d somehow manage to make a big meal even on days we were super busy. (We were always super busy!)

My sister and I played on the school’s varsity tennis team, with long practices each day, and Friday nights were particularly animated: we’d board a bus in the afternoon, then play intense matches until well after dark. Intense might not be a strong enough word… we sometimes played against China’s future Olympic team!

Ever the supportive parent, my mom attended almost every match. Yet, when we’d finally drag our tired (and hungry) bodies off the courts, there it would magically sit, waiting for us:

A home-cooked meal.

Healthy Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes became one of our favorite Friday-night dinners, and one of our mom’s favorites as well, because she could make them in the morning in the crock pot. Her recipe is actually meatless (I’ve been a vegetarian since high school), but it calls for a few ingredients one can’t buy in the US. So last night I changed it up, and I incorporated lentils into my new creation.

Although I didn’t use a crock pot for this recipe, I imagine you could. The recipe comes together very quickly, and there’s even a microwave option!

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Did you sit down to family meals when you were growing up?

Or do you try to have family meals with your own kids? My family tried to all eat together whenever we could. Sometimes after-school activities got in the way; and sometimes we were forced to eat in the car, en route to soccer practice or art class. But when we got the opportunity to sit down as a family, we took advantage.

I don’t remember ever eating dinner in front of the television, unless it was a special “movie night.”

SUPER healthy lentil sloppy joes!


Lentil Sloppy Joes

(Sloppy Loes)

  • 2 15-oz cans lentils, drained and rinsed (about 3 cups cooked lentils)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 stevia packets, or 3-5 tsp sugar or sweetener of choice, or to taste
  • 14 oz tomato sauce (I used no-salt-added)
  • up to 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or soy-free alternative)
  • optional: 1/2 an onion (diced) and 2 tsp oil

Lentil sloppy joes: If making these on the stovetop: sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until onion is translucent. Add lentils and spices, stir, then add all other ingredients and cook uncovered (stirring occasionally) until thick like sloppy joe filling. If making this in the microwave: add all ingredients to a large microwave-safe dish (minus the onion and oil, which you won’t use with this method). Microwave until it boils, stir, then repeat the process until it is thick like sloppy joe filling. Makes about 5 cups.

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Published on October 26, 2012

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  1. Omni says

    Made this tonight in the crockpot just threw it all in with dried lentils. 4 hours on high and it was delish! I used healthy-ish buns bc some of us don’t like English muffins. I used 1 cup dried lentils and 2 cups broth. Can’t wait to make it again!

  2. Maris says

    Hi Kate,
    This recipe looks so delicious! I just have a stupid question! Do you cook the lentils first and then cook with all the ingredients?

  3. Julie says

    I made these for dinner last night and they were very yummy! Served with potatoes and steamed broccoli it was a great meal. I’m not a vegetarian nor is anyone in my family but I love making vegetarian alternatives as much as my husband and son will put up with it. ? Thanks for a delicious Friday night dinner recipe!



  4. Aly says

    This recipe is a staple in my meal prepping! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. The sauce thickens and coats the lentils really well.



  5. Sandi McG says

    just made this recipe…..loved it!! I didn’t have it as a Sloppy Joe in a bun….but I will eventually…I had it in a bowl with a soft and yolky fried egg on top…so yum!! will now be trying more of your recipes with the hopes that they are all as tasty!! Thank you!!



  6. Sara says

    This is now one of my new favorite recipes. I added a little more of the spices (it tasted a bit too bland for me as is). This sloppy joe recipe is addicting!!!

  7. Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing and Crafting says

    Yummy! I tried this last week and the adults loved it! It was too spicy for the kids, so next time I’ll make half a batch with no chili powder and less of the other spices too. I always loved sloppy joes as a kid, so I was thrilled to try this out! My meat-eating husband liked this version more than the original meat style! 🙂 Lisa

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