Sloppy Lentils (Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s) – A Meatless Alternative to a Summer Classic

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These are seriously fantastic! I wouldn’t share a recipe with you that wasn’t amazing and kid approved. Brody loves sloppy lentils and I like them for the fact that he gets to have a meatless version of an American classic.

Sloppy Lentils- Serves 6-8

  • 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • whole wheat hamburger buns
  • ketchup, mustard, pickles and cheese

or if you want to avoid some of the extra crap and chemicals they put in Manwich here is a recipe I like for the sauce

Homemade Sauce:

  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 table spoons brown sugar or agave nectar
  • cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste


Cook dry lentils according to directions on the bag. You usually add them to a pan full of water and cook about 20 minutes until soft. Drain. Once they’re drained return to pan and take a potato masher and slightly mash the lentils. If you’re using a jar of Manwich add to lentils, stir and serve on a bun with your favorite condiments!

 If you’re making the homemade sauce:

Take a medium fry pan, add a tablespoon of olive or grape seed oil and cook onions and green peppers on medium/high heat until soft. Add all other ingredients and simmer on low while lentils are cooking. When lentils are done add homemade sauce. Serve on buns with your favorite condiments.




1 Comment

  1. Kirsten -  September 1, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the idea! I have to confess that I have never had a sloppy joe before, I became a vegetarian by choice when I was a child. It sounds like a great idea for my boys.

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