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Sloppy Joes Gone Lentil

Sloppy Joes are a total fav with kids and, let’s be honest, adults too! They’re easy enough to pull off on a weeknight and nobody will be poking their food saying they’re not hungry.

If you’re American and you want to get some real childhood nostalgia vibes going, we suggest you find yourself a 90’s playlist on Spotify as dinner’s background music, it will pair perfectly with the bbq flavored sandwiches you grew up on.

As a bonus, not that sloppy joes even need one though, this FP version is made using beluga lentils as the base and a quick homemade bbq sauce using dates syrup (if you have skeptic eaters at the table you won’t even need to tell them you replaced the ground beef – beluga lentils are a great plant-based substitute).

To make the dinner complete make sure to grab our kale slaw recipe, these utterly amazing super easy buns and some quick pickled red onions.


Sloppy Joes Gone Lentil

  • By : Food Pharmacy
  • Servings : 6 sloppy joes 1x



2 cups Beluga lentils, cooked


3 Tbsp Organic cold-pressed Coconut oil

1 medium Yellow Onion 

1 large Bell Pepper (green)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 ½ Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika

3 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1 can Tomato Sauce (passerade tomat)

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp tamari 

3 Tbsp Yellow Mustard

¼ cup Date syrup

½ tsp liquid smoke (optional)

sea salt and pepper


Cook the lentils according to the directions on the package, add a pinch of salt.

To make the sauce: Saute the onions and bell pepper in the coconut oil until softened then stir in the rest of the sauce ingredients and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and adjust the sweetness with date syrup or honey for a slightly sweeter bbq.

Add the lentils to the bbq and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve on top of a lightly toasted bun and top with pickled red onions, salad or jalapeños for a kick. Coleslaw also makes a great side to sloppy joes. 



Here are some recipes to help you make the meal complete: Buns, pickled red onions and coleslaw 




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