A proper sloppy joe requires two hands, a big appetite, and focus. If you dare to put your sloppy joe down it is hard to pick up again! So load up with napkins and lean over your plate while you devour this American favorite. We stand by these joes. This is an exclusive recipe from The Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip Esselstyn & Jane Esselstyn.
- 1/2 onion chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 8-ounce cans Westbrae Foods Organic Lentils canned (low sodium) or cooked
- 1 cup water
- 8 ounces tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon tamari
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar or maple syrup
- 4 whole grain buns
- onion sliced into thin rounds for topping optional
- sliced pickles
- tomato paste or use tomato
- Sauté’ the onion & garlic on medium high heat in a nonstick skillet for 3-4 minutes, until just translucent.
- Add the veggie meat crumbles and ¼ cup of water to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, until warmed through.
- Stir in the tomato paste or sauce. Add the remaining water and stir until thoroughly mixed, using more water as necessary to make a thick sauce. Stir in tamari, Worcestershire, and sugar.
- Add lentils and thoroughly mix. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 more minutes. Taste and tweak mixture to your liking: Add more maple syrup for a sweeter flavor, or barbecue sauce for a smokier or more fiery flavor
- Place a generous amount of filling into each bun. Layer with lettuce, onion, sliced tomato, and any other fixings you enjoy. Add mustard or ketchup if desired.