This is one of my favorite meals to make when I don't have a lot of time. It's so easy and delicious and the leftovers are amazing.
These Sloppy Joes are made with lentils which are a tiny but nutrient-packed superfood. Lentils are a member of the legume family and are rich in dietary fiber which helps lower cholesterol and regulates blood-sugar. They are also chock-full of minerals (like iron), b-vitamins (folate - good for those of you growing babies!), are an excellent source of protein and contain virtually no fat. They provide a great slow-burning energy - and trust me, you'll feel amazing after you eat this dish.
*Just 1 cup of lentils = 18 grams of protein!
1 cup of green or brown lentils
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups finely chopped carrots
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic (pressed or finely chopped)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup organic ketchup (or tomato soup/sauce - I like to do half & half)
2 tbsp. cider vinegar (sometimes I also add a little balsamic for fun)
2 tbsp. vegan worcestershire sauce
1. Rinse lentils according to packet directions. Combine water & lentils in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until almost tender.
2. In a separate pan, cook the onion, garlic, celery & carrots in olive oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients & stir.
3. Drain lentils & mix together. Cook everything on low heat until lentils are tender.
4. Serve on a toasted whole wheat bun!