Monday, March 30, 2009

Lentil Joes

I tried a new recipe today for dinner, a very tasty sugar-free lentil recipe. It was super tasty, and since the guys all ate our traditional meaty sloppy joe recipe, I ended up putting a few servings worth in the freezer for upcoming lunches. No picture, I was busy eating it instead!

Sloppy Lentils
(you could use beef in place of lentils)

2 cans of lentils (or you could use dry, but canned are quicker, and I had them on hand)
1 medium sized onion (about a half cup), diced (I used my "magic chopper" thingie)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
6 oz tomato paste
1/2 c ketchup (you can use bottled, but you'd have to read the label to know if it has sugar)
2 T bbq sauce (read label for sugar content..)
1 t mustard powder
1/2 t chili powder (or to taste, I was hoping the zing would be down enough to lure my kids in, but this was to zippy for them)
2 T molasses
1 T honey
1.5 t Worcestershire sauce
1/2 - 1 c corn kernels (I used canned ones)

Directions: Using either non-stick spray or 1 T olive oil spray a non-stick skillet and saute the onions & garlic until they are soft and translucent. Add tomato paste, ketchup, bbq sauce, spices, molasses, honey, worcestershire sauce, and some salt & pepper to taste. Mix well. Add lentils and corn, mix well and let simmer until heated through.

Notes: I drain and rinse my lentils, and I simply drain my corn. This was a nice and thick sauce. and I ate it on a roll like you would a normal Sloppy Joe. The sauce would be super tasty on meat as well, but I was more then happy to eat it on lentils. (I used regular brown lentils.)

I thought they were outstandingly delicious! Lawrence was busy making regular Sloppy Joes (yes, seriously, and no the kitchen did NOT catch fire!) and he tried my recipe because I swore he wouldn't notice the lentils. He agreed and said that considering there was no meat in it they were good.

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