Vegan Sloppy Joes with Herbed Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

Not sure what to make for supper?  Why not try a delicious twist on an old family favorite! They're messy, super tasty and you won't even miss the meat.

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Ingredients:

Sloppy Joe Mix

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4-6 buns (Kaiser or any crusty roll)

Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1/4 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar

Instructions:

  1. Rinse and drain lentils. Mince 1/2 of onion and slice other 1/2 for serving.  Peel & mince garlic. Peel and shred carrot.  Dice green pepper.  Wash and slice tomatoes in half.  Clean green beans and trim off ends.

  2. In small sauce pan add 2 cups of water and rinsed lentils and heat over medium-high heat.  Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered or about 18-22 minutes or until tender.  

  3. Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, carrot & pepper and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Sautee for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned.

  4. Next stir in tomato sauce, molasses, soy sauce (or tamari) and Sloppy Joe spices.  Once lentils are cooked, add them to the skillet and stir until combined.

  5. Continue to simmer the mixture over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes until warmed through and thick.  Stir occasionally.  If mixture gets too thick, add in some water 1/4 cup at a time to reach desired thickness.

  6. While the Sloppy Joe mixture simmers, prepare your green beans & tomatoes. In a medium skillet add 1 tbsp of oil and heat on medium.  Add in green beans, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine.  Add 1/4 cup of water and cover skillet.  Let green beans steam for 5-7 minutes until almost fully cooked. Next stir in green bean/tomato spices and stir well to combine.  Then add in tomatoes and cook uncovered for 3-5 minutes until tomatoes are warm but not mushy.  Then get ready to eat!

Pile your Sloppy Joe mix on to toasted buns, top with onion slices and serve with a side of flavorful green beans & tomatoes!  Grab a napkin and dig in!

 

Recipe inspiration from Minimalist Baker.