I have a lot of friends who are going meatless and being that I don't eat meat I want to help them with meatless versions of their favorite foods. I have a wonderful recipe for meatless sloppy joes that I make in the slow cooker. Not only is it meatless it uses better ingredients than you find in the can sloppy joe mix. My vegetarian sloppy joes uses lentils that are so easy to cook. My meat eater husband even liked my sloppy joes.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 and 1/2 cups dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
one 15-16 ounce can tomato sauce
3 cups water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until lightly brown. Add the chili powder, stirring to coat.
2.Transfer the onion mixture to your slow cooker. Add the lentils, tomato sauce, water, soy sauce,mustard, brown sugar, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Serve on toasted wheat buns and enjoy! Have plenty of napkins as these are called sloppy joes for a reason.