My OCD is having major problems posting a recipe on Fashion Friday. But today is the 21st, which means it’s time for a Recipe ReDux! Here is this month’s theme:
A Food Memory For Which You Are Thankful
In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own children. Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.
I thought a lot about what to make for this one. I finally decided on an old food but new favorite of mine – sloppy joes! I’ve talked about my love for them here and here and I’m still a little mad at myself for spending so many years not eating them. It’s not even necessarily the meat I like, but Grandma’s combination of ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and worchester sauce that makes me and the rest of the family in love.
Enter: Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes!
These have the exact same flavor as Grandma’s sloppy joes, just without the meat! The lentils give it almost a meat texture. It’s tangy but not too much so from the vinegar and it’s perfectly sweet from the brown sugar. I will never need another sloppy joe recipe because this one is always going to be the my favorite!
Another quick note… I cooked the lentils right in the sauce which I would NOT recommend doing. They absorbed it way too much and these were a bit dry. I would say to cook the lentils separately then add them to the sauce and let it simmer. Next time I make these I will update how that turns out!
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 pound brown lentils
- 1 1.2 tbsp worchester sauce
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 4 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 of a green pepper, whole (for flavor)
- Cook lentils. Bring 6-8 cups of water to a boil with the lentils then simmer until tender, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk flour and vinegar. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the remaining ingredients. Once the lentils are done cooking add them to the pot and simmer for an hour, until all of the flavor are absorbed.
- Don't forget to take the green pepper out at the end! It will shrivel up and might break into smaller pieces.