Easy, filling, and inexpensive, these veggie sloppy joes are a quick meal that reheats well for lunch the next day or two.
Just recently, in one of my Food for Life classes, a new friend told me that she tried these Sloppy Joe’s and was surprised that she loved them. It reminded me that we love them at my house too.
They are so easy to make and will fill you up for hours.
In addition to the protein-packed lentils, this recipe also uses bulgur.
What is bulgur
Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes. (Follow package directions).
I like to make a big batch of it and store in freezer to use in recipes like tacos, stews, chili beans, etc. because bulgur adds a ground beef texture and soaks up flavors of dish you’re preparing.
Other fresh ingredients called for are onion, celery, and red bell peppers.
Nutrition in lentils
Legumes like lentils are not only a cheap source of protein, but are also fat-free, high in fiber and rich in a number of essential nutrients.
Adding lentils to your diet offers a number of health benefits, from helping you control your weight to promoting heart health.
Eating more high-fiber foods like lentils not only helps you meet your daily needs, but might also help you better manage your weight.
Fiber in foods helps suppress appetite, and eating an extra 14 grams of fiber a day may help you decrease your caloric intake by 10 percent, according to a 2001 article in “Nutrition Review.”–LiveStrong
Serve on whole grain buns with favorite toppings. Suggestions– lettuce, spinach, onions, relish, pickles, cole slaw, anything goes!
I think it’s time for some Sloppy Joe’s!
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- 5 Tbps veggie broth
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 cup lentils I used red lentils but any will work fine
- 1 cup dry bulgur wheat
- 4 cups water
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 4 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce Found in Asian section of most grocery stores
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
In large cooking pot, saute diced onion, celery, and red bell peppers in veggie broth approximately 5 minutes.
Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.
Then add lentils, bulgur, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and Hoisin sauce. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, turn heat down to low and cook uncovered about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste lentils to make sure they are tender. Serve on whole grain buns with favorite toppings. Suggestions-- lettuce, spinach, onions, relish, pickles, cole slaw, anything goes!
To make this in a crock pot, simply add all ingredients to a large cooker and allow to cook on low for 3-4 hours. I completely skip sauteing the onion, celery, and bell peppers because they have plenty of time to bring out their delicious flavors in the slow cooker.
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