Sloppy Joes – Vegan
As a kid, we were a Sloppy Joes family. There’s just something simple about quick ground beef with sauce between two slices of bread before Momma headed out to work. Besides they tasted pretty darn good too! Who didn’t enjoy the juice dripping down their chin as they tried to eat these things? They aren’t called sloppy for nothing.
I often long for simpler days of my youth. I also had a lot of precooked garlic lentils to use up. A little of this and little of that…you end up with Vegan Sloppy Joes. This is a meal where all the ingredients are on hand and is quick and easy for this time of year…although I’m sure they’ll appear at other times too. Who doesn’t want to relive their childhood occasionally.
Sloppy Joes – Vegan
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 cups lentils, rinsed and drained (or try my made from dry version)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 ketchup (I used agave sweetened)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard,
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. oregano, dried
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. sea salt (or regular salt will do)
- Add oil to skillet on medium high to warm and then throw in onions and garlic. In my family we all have electronic skillets which is great for this meal when making quadruple batches to feed the masses.
- Add peas once onions have softened. Peas can be subbed for any frozen veggies you have, these eased my OCD because they were all round
- Now to make the slop…uh sauce. The perfect Sloppy Joes sauce has the right amount of tang and sweet. Combine ketchup, mustard, maple syrup, vinegar, and spices. Stir to incorporate. Then the all important taste test. You’ll be eating this so if it isn’t to your liking add a bit of what is missing…more maple for sweet, more mustard and vinegar for tang or more ketchup for slop.
- Once your seasoning is squared away add the lentils to simmer with sauce. Cover and turn temperature to medium low. When finished they will be that distinct brown that doesn’t look great but you know tastes so delicious you can’t wait to devour.
There you have ladies and gentleman…children of all ages. The vegan Sloppy Joe. Now all you need is a bun to create your sandwich. I went with Arnold Sandwich Thins because we had them on hand. They were perfect!
We ate until our childhood memories were fulfilled and had plenty leftover to add to our make ahead meals stash in the freezer. Childhood memories will return later this season.
What is your favorite childhood meal to recreate as an adult?