This recipe is a good reminder that being vegan doesn't mean missing out on the classics. Quinoa and lentils make a delicious and healthy substitute for this sloppy joe. This sloppy joe can also be made in a soup pot or slow cooker. Whichever you prefer. Make sure you have some soft yummy buns to soak up the rich juices.
Not only do those lentils taste delicious in this recipe, they are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are a good source of calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. They are also rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron.
In my most recent podcast, I talk about the benefits of iron and folate for a healthy gut. All disease starts in the gut and the healthier the gut, the less likely you are to contact a multitude of diseases. Including autoimmune disease, heart disease, allergies, and bowel ailments. An unhealthy gut also plays a major role in depression and many mental health issues.
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Vegan Lentil & Quinoa Sloppy Joe
- 1 cup red or black lentils (dry)
- ½ cup quinoa (dry)
- ½ cup vegetable broth for sautéing
- 3 cups of water (or more if needed)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 large carrots, finely chopped
- ½ red or green pepper, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ tablespoon of hot sauce (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 8 hamburger buns
- Heat the vegetable broth in a large stockpot. Add the onions and carrots and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Now add all the remaining ingredients except the hamburger buns. Stir, bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour or until the lentils are tender and the sauce is thickened. Add more water if necessary.
- Serve in buns.
- ** You could also cook this in a slow cooker. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Add four cups of water instead of three cups. Stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours