Lentil Sloppy Joes
Now before judging this, you got to give it a try! I found the recipe on Chocolate covered Katie. This has become one of my favorite blogs! She has so many amazing recipes, that you can feel good about eating! This is one of her non-dessert posts!
I made this on a day when I was nannying, which meant I wouldn’t get home until at least 5:30, so I was excited to have a healthy dinner I could make in the crock pot and let the crock pot work for me! :)
The original recipe calls for:
- 2 15-oz cans lentils, drained and rinsed (about 3 cups cooked lentils)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 stevia packets, or 3-5 tsp sugar or sweetener of choice, or to taste
- 14 oz tomato sauce (I used no-salt-added)
- up to 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (or soy-free alternative)
- optional: 1/2 an onion (diced) and 2 tsp oil
I had to make some adjustments to mine because I had uncooked lentils, so I added 1 cup uncooked lentils with 4 cups of water instead of the 1 it calls for. 1 cup lentils is equal to like 7 servings, so we had PLENTY of leftovers. I could have probably done less!
Also, I did not have cumin, but I added like 1 tsp of Cayenne pepper- I was cautious with the cayenne, because I’m not a fan of spicy, but I think adding a little more would have been good!
I only did 3 tsp of brown sugar. I also did not have apple cider vinegar, so I just ignored that.
For the soy sauce I used an alternative (one because it’s healthier and two I didn’t have soy sauce) I found something on-line that uses 3 parts molasses for every 1 part balsamic vinegar! So I did about 1 and 1/2 TBSP of molasses and 1/2 a TBSP of balsamic! It works just as well!
So this is what it looked like when it was all thrown in together:
I was afraid it would turn out too watery, but after cooking for 7 hours, it was perfect!
After work, I ran to the grocery store and got some English muffins to put them on! I found that it needed some more spices, so I added some more chili pepper to mine and Peter spiced his up with Cayenne. The next day when we had it for leftovers, I added BBQ sauce which was awesome, but not as healthy! Here’s the finished product:
I say they were a success…Peter had 3 :)