Lentil Sloppy Joes

Meatless Monday is a great thing to start in any household. I have seen estimates that if everyone in America simply ate meatless one day per week we could save the lives of 1 Billion animals a year. Yes, that is BILLION with a B!! That is a lot of animals.

Our family still consumes meat but instituing meals that are delicious and nutritious without meat is a great step towards a healthy lifestyle as well as taking a step to help out the planet. Lentil Sloppy Joes are a great way to introduce meatless meals to your family. Lentils are a great meat substitute. They have a meaty texture while absorbing the flavor from sauces and spices used during cooking. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed (green or brown is fine)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

Combine lentils and vegetable broth in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover until lentils have become soft and absorbed all of the broth, set aside.

In a separate saucepan heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Sauté green pepper and onion until onion become translucent. Add garlic to pan and stir.

Add, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, mustard, and coconut sugar. Stir until combined. Add cooked lentils and stir until combined. Stir over low heat for 20 minutes to allow the lentil to absorb flavor from the sauce. Serve on whole wheat buns.

Enjoy!