This meatless sloppy joe recipe is part of the #EasyWithLentils campaign, sponsored by Lentils.org. Although I have been compensated by Ignite Social Media, all opinions are my own.
Meatless Sloppy Joe Recipe
I’ve been working on getting my kids to expand the list of foods they’re willing to eat. Carrigan is pretty good about trying new things, but Weston is definitely my picky eater.
Thankfully, I’m pretty flexible and am working on being more creative rather than pressuring him and making mealtime a stressful experience.
One easy trick I’ve found works is making substitutions to foods that are already kid-approved.
My latest meal that I’ve tweaked a bit is a quick sloppy joe recipe. With help from lentils, I’ve turned a meal that is a basic for our family into a meatless sloppy joe recipe!
Lentils are quick and easy to cook which makes them a great option for busy families like mine.
You can do so many things with lentils too!
- Batch cook and portion out, then store.
- Cooked lentils can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for three months.
- Extremely versatile and can be used in breakfast recipes, soups, and even desserts!
They’re also packed with nutrition. They’re high in fiber and protein. They’re also full of minerals like potassium, iron, and folate!
Check out how easy it is to introduce your family to lentils with a quick and easy meatless sloppy joe recipe!
Meatless Sloppy Joe Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup dry lentils (you can use whole or split lentils)
- 1 can Sloppy Joe sauce
- 6 buns
Quick Sloppy Joe Recipe Directions
- Rinse and cook the lentils. (I’ve included directions below if you’re new to using lentils!)
- Mix cooked lentils into sauce and heat thoroughly.
- Serve on buns and enjoy with your family’s favorite side dish.
It’s really that simple.
In no time at all, you’ll have an easy way to introduce your kids to lentils in a very family-friendly way!
These Sloppy Joes are just proof of how easy it is to use lentils in your kitchen!
So if you’re looking for ways to incorporate different foods into your family’s meals, trying making substitutions!
I love that we’ve been able to turn one of our family’s favorite meals into a great Meatless Monday option with help from lentils!
How to Cook Lentils
I didn’t have a lot of experience cooking with lentils so I was thrilled to discover how easy they are to cook! If you need a little help getting started, I’ve got you covered!
There are just three easy steps to remember!
If you can remember those three steps, you’re on your way to adding lentils to your easy recipes!
- Start by rinsing the lentils to get rid of any dust or debris that might be on them.
- Using 3 cups liquid for each cup of dry lentils, bring to a boil. Be sure to use a large saucepan because the lentils will double or triple in size while cooking.
- Once the lentils reach a full boil, cover and reduce the heat. Then simmer until they’re tender. For whole lentils this will take about 15-20 minutes. (If you use split lentils, you’ll need 5-7 minutes.)
- Season with salt after cooking to prevent lentils from becoming tough.
You can learn more about how to cook lentils here as well!
I’ve discovered how easy it is to cook with lentils and my busy family is eating well! It’s a win for everyone around here!
Now I’m looking forward to trying them in other types of recipes like muffins and my favorite salads! There are so many options!
To learn more about lentils and get some great recipe ideas, visit lentils.org!