“Sloppy Lentils” or “Lentil Joes?”

My husband objected to calling these “sloppy lentils” for some reason – he said it made them sound gross. Since they were most definitely not gross, he wants me to call them “lentil joes.” Sounds like a coffee shop to me. *shrug*

Pantry-friendly and frugal, what else could you want? “MEAT!” Yells the husband. Don’t mind him. :) These really are great for stretching the budget, and it really IS ok to go a meal without meat. :)
Lentil Joes – serves 5-6

2 cups cooked lentils
1 med. onion, diced
6 oz. tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Sauté onion until translucent in medium sized pot. Turn heat to low and add lentils, then the rest of the ingredients and stir until well mixed. Serve on buns.
Extra info:
  • I just cooked a whole pound of lentils and froze the remainder, but 1 cup dry = roughly 3 cups cooked.
  • If you don’t have cooked lentils on hand already, soak them overnight with a tbsp or two of apple cider vinegar (reduces phytic acid) and cook them until tender the next day – give yourself an hour or two (the older they are, the longer they take to cook) before dinner needs to be served so you don’t run out of time.
  • Need ideas for leftover lentils? Try a Lentil Loaf or Honey Baked Lentils.

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  1. Stacy @Delighting in the Days says:

    I'd love to try this recipe. It sounds great.

    My husband would probably yell, "Meat" too. Men sure do seem to like that stuff :)

  2. ~Alison~ says:

    My hubby is a meat lover too! Only time I could get away with this is Lenten Fridays.

    I posted Sloppy Joes today, too! Loaded with veggies!

  3. Alexis AKA MOM says:

    Oh wow I bet the boys would love this and what a great way to meatless. Thanks so much I marked this to make.

    Stopping by from TMTT, New follower :)

  4. shopannies says:

    I think I may try these with the teens sounds great they may just love it

  5. ~Alison~ says:

    I don't want to misplace this recipe and want to be sure to check out the rest of your blog! I'm now a new follower!!!

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  7. Mrs. Mordecai says:

    Mmm, looks good. I love lentils! We make lentil curry and lentil tacos, but I've been looking for another good recipe like this.

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