Sloppy Lentil Joes

  • Makes 4-6
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 ⅓ cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ cups dried brown lentils
  • 1 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste

This is a quick and easy meal that also reheats well for lunch the next day or two. Serve this stuffed into a whole-grain bun and eat with your hands, or ladle it over the buns (open-face style) and eat with a fork. I usually serve steamed kale with this dish and fresh corn, when in season.

Instructions:

Place 13 cup of the water or stock in a large pot.

Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until onions soften slightly, about 5 minutes.

Add the chili powder and mix in well. Add the remaining liquid, lentils, tomatoes, and the rest of the seasonings. Mix well, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over low heat for one hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve on whole-wheat buns, or fresh baked bread, with the trimmings of your choice.

Photo by Eco-Vegan Gal

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Heather McDougall

Heather McDougall is the director of the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. Heather also develops healthy, family-friendly recipes for the McDougall Newsletter.

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