Sunday, 13 September 2015

Lentil Sloppy Joes

I would recommend using something other than red lentils for this! Red lentils seem to end up too, well, sloppy and just squeezed out of my sandwich. They were fantastic and lightly spicy. I think I'm going to serve the rest over rice!

Lentil Sloppy Joes (from Lemon and Basil)
(Serves 6)
1 cup dry lentils
½ tbsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
6 tbsp tomato paste
1½ tbsp chili powder
½ tbsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp sea salt
½-1 tsp black pepper
½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp mustard
1 tbsp honey
6 hamburger buns

Rinse and sort the lentils then cook according to the package instructions.

While the lentils cook, add the coconut oil. Add onions and bell peppers and cook until onions are translucent, approximately 3-5 mins. Add the minced garlic to pan and cook over medium heat for 1-2 mins.

Then add the cooked lentils to the onion and peppers and cook for 2-3 mins to heat through.

Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, all seasonings (chilli powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper), apple cider vinegar, mustard and honey to a food processor, blender and blend for 20-30 seconds or until smooth. Once sauce is well mixed and smooth, add it to the lentil and veggies and stir over medium-low heat until hot.

Divide out for sandwiches, I used approximately ½ cup (American measure) of sloppy joe mixture per sandwich and got six servings.

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