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Sloppy Lentils


3 cups water

1 cup lentils, rinsed

salt to taste (optional)

1 cup chopped onion

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups chopped tomato

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

1/2 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1 tablespoon chili powder

3 tablespoons molasses

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

4 hamburger buns, split


Combine water and lentils in a saucepan; season to taste with salt if desired. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook onions with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, mustard powder, chili powder, molasses and Worcestershire sauce; simmer 5 to10 minutes until thickened.

Drain lentils and reserve cooking liquid. Stir lentils into sauce mixture, adding cooking liquid or water as needed to obtain the desired "sloppy joe" consistency. Serve on buns.

Good to Know:

Lentils are often overlooked, even though they’re an inexpensive way of getting a wide range of nutrients. They’re packed with B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Lentils are made up of over 25% protein, which makes them an excellent meat alternative. They’re also a great source of iron.


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