What You'll Need:
- One cup (dry) TVP (textured vegetable protein)
- One cup (dry) Lentils (I used red, but any lentils will do)
- One onion
- One tomato
- One can sloppy joe sauce (or packet of powder seasoning, or your own favorite sloppy joe sauce recipe)
- Additional veggies (optional-I used celery and garlic scapes)
- Cooking oil of choice (as usual, I choose coconut)
What You'll Do:
- Start by preparing the lentils and tvp. For the lentils, sort and rinse, then bring to a boil and continue to boil, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. (This is not how you'd typically prepare lentils, but cooking them this way makes them break up and get a bit mushier, which lends itself better to the sloppy joe texture, in my opinion.) For the TVP, add 3/4 cup boiling water (I just boil mine in the microwave) to the cup of TVP, stir well, and let sit for about 10 minutes.
- While the lentils are boiling and TVP is sitting, dice up all of your veggies.
- Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over Medium-High heat.
- Add onions and cook for a few minutes. When the onions begin to soften, add other veggies (if using), except for the tomato. Cook until veggies begin to soften slightly.
- Add TVP to pan and toss with veggie mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Drain lentils and press lightly to remove excess water, add to pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add sauce and tomato, stir well, lower heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve on buns or in pita pockets with your favorite toppings! (As you can see, I recommend pickles and jalapenos!)
If you have a favorite (vegetarian) recipe for sloppy joe sauce, will you share it in the comments? I'd love to get away from the canned stuff! :)