Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

by Monique

These savory Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes are made with whole food ingredients and perfectly seasoned. A delicious and easy plant based meal the entire family will love!

Vegan Sloppy Lentil Joes with two other sandwiches in the background.

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes are a comforting and savory dish. They come together in a little over 30 minutes making them the perfect anytime meal. This is one of my favorite meals to make and I do so on a weekly or biweekly basis! 

There is just something about a Sloppy Joe that makes me think of childhood. It was a meal we would have not too often but when we did I loved it. My entire family did actually, usually we were all scrambling to get as much as we could before it was gone! 

When you grow up with 6 siblings I can tell you that you better be the first one at that table or you might not get dinner. Especially when you have 3 brothers in the mix! 

Now this veganized version uses lentils as a meat substitute. It is not an exact match for the traditional recipe but the flavor is all sloppy joe. You are going to love it! 

Ingredient Notes:

  • Lentils – Green lentils are my favorite and work well with this recipe. 
  • Vegetable Broth – Whatever brand you prefer works, I usually go with a low sodium option. 
  • Tomato Paste – If you don’t use this ingredient often I recommend buying the kind in the tube as it keeps in the fridge longer. 
  • Tomato Sauce – I look for low sodium options with this ingredient as well. 
  • Onion – Yellow are my favorite but white will work as well. 
  • Bell Pepper & Zucchini – These are mostly just to add some extra veg to this dish. You could also use something like squash and carrots. 
  • Garlic – Use fresh and mince it up fine or use a garlic press. 
  • Spices – If you want that classic sloppy joe flavor don’t skimp out on these. If you don’t have dried mustard Dijon would be a good replacement. 
  • Bun – I’ve had this on a soft bun or toasted. I have even eaten this with a piece of toast it is all good!

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Vegan Sloppy Lentil Joes with two other sandwiches in the background.

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

These savory Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes are made with whole food ingredients and perfectly seasoned. A delicious and easy plant based meal the entire family will love!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • ½ bell pepper diced
  • ½ zucchini diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • roll or bun of choice

Instructions
 

  • Dice up all veggies: onion, bell pepper, zucchini and mince garlic.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add onion and a splash of water. Cook until onion is soft.
  • Add garlic cook until garlic is fragrant and soft.
  • Add zucchini and bell pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add lentils, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water and vegetable broth and incorporate together.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, mustard, coconut sugar, salt and pepper and stir until incorporated.
  • Lower heat and let simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft and most of the liquid has absorbed.
  • Serve on a toasted roll or bun.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can substitute coconut sugar for brown sugar if you do not have any coconut sugar on hand.
  • If you do not have any buns on hand I have enjoyed this dish with toasted sliced bread as well and it is just as tasty!

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 17gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 389mgPotassium: 838mgFiber: 20gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1537IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 6mg
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