Makes enough filling for about 6 sandwiches.
These will be good for your next Meatless Monday. I'm posting it a day late, sorry, but definitely pin these for next week because they are delicious. They're filling, saucy, and the lentils not only give you protein, but they also provide a texture that mimics ground beef. I made these for a 4th of July cookout at my father's house and he and his wife each tried a spoonful of the mix and they liked it! They are not vegan at all and commented on how flavorful it was. (Well, duh, guys! You can actually taste flavors when your food isn't being drowned out with meat.) So, if your family is full of omnivores, definitely give this one a shot.
Everyone always has their own cutesy little name for "Sloppy Joes" when they change up the recipe. Anything from Jane, Jill, Jose, whatever.. I really wanted to call these "Sloppy G.O.B.s" because I love Arrested Development, but I realized that people who haven't watched the show might not get it and wonder what on Earth a "gob" is supposed to be. Oh well, less amusing title it is.
Much like I've never had a hamburger, I'm pretty sure I've never had sloppy Joes with meat. Brennan claims he hasn't either, so I don't have him to comment on what they should taste like. I can't tell you exactly how similar these are to your typical sloppy Joes, but I can tell you that they're delicious and they actually are sloppy. I did do some research to find what is typically in the sauce. Bell peppers were an obvious ingredient, but I knew that already. I noticed a lot of ketchup, but chose to use tomato paste instead because Bren and I both hate ketchup. (If that's what you have around the house, though, feel free to sub it for the paste.) I added a few more veggies the next time around for some added crunch, so those won't be seen in these pictures. You can adjust the spices to taste, I prefer a little more heat, but the measurements here are what I would consider mild.
Lentil Sloppy Js
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