Hi all! Sorry for the brief hiatus we’ve been on the last couple weeks, Andy and I have officially entered into wedding season, and are/ have been traveling almost every weekend since the end of June. That being said, we’re going to do the best we can over the next several weeks to keep up with recipes! Apologizes in advance if we fail…anyways, the point here is that we’re way overdue for a recipe, so I should really get to it! These Vegan Sloppy Joe’s were inspired by a delicious recipe made for us our friend, Kailey, on the 4th of July, which she found on She Likes Food. With this delicious recipe, she inadvertently turned our Independence Day Vegan, and meat eaters and veggies alike rejoiced! We decided to give it a whirl and tinker a bit with the recipe, adding a bit more of this, a little more of that, a pre-made barbecue sauce to speed up the process, and a lot more spice, needless to say, my family ate up every last lentil. Quick, easy, delicious, and almost healthy. Sounds like the perfect BBQ food if you ask me! Enjoy! Makes 5-6.
10 Minutes Prep, 30 Minutes Cook
-1 Can Cooked Chickpeas (15 oz.)
-Dry Green Lentils (1/2 cup)
-1 Large Shallot (diced)
-3 Medium Cloves Garlic (minced)
-3 Fresh Jalapeños (diced)
-1 Beefsteak Tomato (diced)
-Louisiana Style Hot Sauce (splashed)*
-Barbecue Sauce (3/4 cup)**
-Olive Oil (1 tsp.)
-Water (1 cup)
**We used Sweet Baby Ray’s, but we’ve also used Trader Joe’s brand and that was just as good. Use your favorites!
Thoroughly rinse and drain chickpeas. Place lentils in medium pot with 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until tender and cooked. In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil, shallots, and a pinch of salt. Stir and cook for about 1 minute before adding garlic, and jalapeño peppers. After another minute, add Barbecue Sauce and Hot Sauce. Mix thoroughly and stir over stove for about 3 minutes. Add lentils and chickpeas and stir for about 4 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and mix for about 1 minute until blended. Place the mixture onto buns and enjoy!
Suggested Sides and Drinks:
We served these up with a spring mix salad with a light balsamic dressing. We also used some tortilla chips and scooped up our leftover mixture, and let me tell you, it makes as good of a chip dip as it does a burger! As a drink we had a light and refreshing Belgian-style beer.