There is no doubt that we have more than just a few comfort staples in the Standard American Diet, but the thing that I have discovered about plant based eating is that you don't have to sacrifice those comfort foods for just eating beans and lettuce everyday. In fact, I can't even keep up with all the AMAZING plant based recipes that are out there. Who knew veggies could be so versatile!!
So I need to go grocery shopping like there's no tomorrow, but I still managed to whip up this American classic last night. Vegan Sloppy Joe! I have made it a couple times now, and the way it looks and tastes so much like the "real" Sloppy Joe still floors me. And the very best part...it's not from a can! I was always a little iffy about the canned stuff, but I just ate it just because I guess. You might be thinking, "Who the heck has time to make vegan Sloppy Joe from scratch?", but it really was pretty easy and quick!
Even though my house is like Old Mother Hubbard's cupboards over here, I always try to keep some commonly used plant based ingredients on hand, such as tomato paste, green lentils, tamari, pure maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar. There are of course others, but those are just a few examples. So no more suspense! Here it is:
Vegan Sloppy Joe
3 cups water, plus 1-2 Tbsp divided
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red pepper (I actually only had yellow peppers on hand, and even though this recipe calls for red, it still came out great!)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove
1/2 cup uncooked steel cut oats
1/2 cup dried green lentils, and 1/4 cup dried red lentils (or just use 3/4 dried green lentils)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
Add 1-2 Tbsp water to pot over high heat, and add onion, pepper, salt, and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes, decrease heat to medium, then add oats and stir mixture to coat oats.
Next add 3 cups water, lentils, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and Worcestershire sauce.
Bring mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes (lentils will be softened and most of liquid will be absorbed), stirring halfway through.
Eat alone (I threw some avocado on top!) or on a bun, and enjoy!