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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dairy Free Vegan Sloppy Joes Recipe In The Slow Cooker

Dairy-free and vegan are so delicious!

  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 plant-based 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 recipe uses dried lentils that are so easy to cook. My meat-eater husband even liked my vegan sloppy joes. This vegan recipe is awesome for meatless Monday. The healthy meal recipe is also plant-based. You will love that this delicious healthy recipe is made in the slow cooker. I love making recipes in the slow cooker as it is a time saver. This vegan recipe is super easy, just place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and press start. You simply start the sloppy joes in the morning and you will have a hot dinner that is ready for you when you come home from work. This is a frugal meal that is meatless and plant-based.

Do you remember enjoying sloppy joes as a kid?

  I remember my first birthday party with friends. My mom made sloppy joes for all of my friends. They were messy but amazing. As kids, we loved how they tasted. I know that my mom made the sloppy joes as they were so easy to make. Now that I do not eat meat, I am glad that I can still enjoy a childhood favorite food. The lentils are an awesome plant-based substitute for ground beef with this delicious tomato-based sauce that tastes way better than the stuff in the can. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry. All you really need is lentil beans and a can of tomato sauce along with some spices. This plant-based meal is an easy meal to make for a home-cooked meal.

You won't miss the meat

I love that this healthy recipe is also dairy-free and vegan. This vegan sloppy joe recipe has the texture of meat but the wholesomeness of lentils. Lentils are loaded with protein so this plant-based recipe is a healthy recipe. You can also make it gluten-free if you omit the bread or use gluten-free bread. If you are vegetarian and enjoy cheese, you may add some cheese to your sloppy joes. 

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 & 1/2 cups dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
one 15-16 ounce can tomato sauce
3 cups of 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. 


Jamie said...

My son is such a picky-eater, not sure he would try these. Might save the recipe for when he's out of town and make them for my husband! YUM!

Buzz4Mommies said...

This looks terrific, I am always looking for some meat free meals. My husband doesn't like beans at all, I wonder if he would like the texture of lentils?

Erin S said...

I like this and love that you used sandwich thins. I use those too to cut the calories!

Jennifer Carroll said...

I was just thinking about making sloppy joes! I will have to try out your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Terri Grothe said...

i love everything about this.
i made sloppy joes tonight, yumm

Cristi said...

I am always looking for more meatless meals! I think these sloppy joes sound delicious!

Deborah Davis said...

Hi Tara,
I love the blend of flavors in your Vegetarian Sloppy Joe recipe. What a tasty and satisfying meal! I adore the inclusion of lentils especially! They are my favorite! And I always try to find a way to add chili powder to my meals each day! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

April said...

I'm with you, homemade mixes are so much tastier then that stuff you buy in a can, plus cutting down on our meat consumption is always a good idea. THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up, and we hope you'll join us again next week!


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