Lentil Sloppy Joes

Bonus: Meatless option!

By: Whole Foods Market®

Hearty lentils offer meatless satisfaction in this reinterpretation of a childhood classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns

Directions

Place lentils in a small pot. Cover with 2 inches of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne and tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly until spices and tomato paste are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and then use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 2 cups water, garlic, apricots and crushed tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low and let sauce simmer until it thickens, at least 30 minutes.

When lentils are cooked, drain off any excess cooking liquid.  Add lentils to the pan with sauce; stir well to combine. Mash some or all of the lentils using a wooden spoon. Toast hamburger buns in the oven, if desired. Ladle 1 cup of the lentil mixture on each toasted bun and serve.

Nutritional Info

Serves 8. Dairy free, vegetarian, high fiber, low fat.

Per Serving: 20 calories (25 from fat), 2.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (12g dietary fiber, 15g sugar), 17g protein

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