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Lentil Sloppy Joes

lentil sloppy joes

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner! Celebrate with a twist of the classic comfort food: Lentil Sloppy Joes. Packed with flavor, these protein-rich delights (~18 grams per cooked cup) are perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and those looking to embrace plant-based meals. They’re also high in fiber, iron, folate, and other essential nutrients, supporting a healthy diet. By choosing a plant-based protein like lentils, you can reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, promote weight loss, and improve overall health. Enjoy the taste and benefits of these incredible Lentil Sloppy Joes this holiday weekend!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes            Cook Time: 25 minutes                   Yield 4 servings (1 serving= 1 cup)


  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried green lentils, well rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • pinch of sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika


  1. In a small saucepan, add vegetable broth and rinsed green lentils. Heat over medium-high heat to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 18-22 minutes, or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, heat oil over a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until peppers and onions are tender.
  3. Add tomato sauce, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Stir to combine.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Cook mixture over medium-low heat until warmed (~5-10 minutes). Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  6. Serve mixture on toasted buns or in lettuce wraps.


Nutrition Facts:




If using this recipe in your personalized ATNG meal plan, 1 cup (1 serving) is equal to 2 proteins and 1 starch/fruit.





*Nutrition facts reflect the lentil sloppy joe only and does not include the bun and other toppings.

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