Sunday, January 6, 2013

Veggie Sloppy Joes

I love sloppy joes.  I think it goes along with my love of condiments and sauces.  After all, what sandwich is messier than a sloppy joe with all that sauce?

Being someone who doesn't eat animals, getting a good sloppy joe that I can eat is not always easy.  A lot of recipes either veer so close to meat as to be unappetizing to someone who hasn't eaten any in years, or so far from the original that I don't think it is fair to call them a sloppy joe any more.

Sometimes good quality soy ground round is a decent substitute, but it can often have a lot of sodium.

So, the other day, craving a sloppy joe, I came up with the following recipe on the fly. 

You will need:
1 can lentils
1 small to medium carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 cup strained tomatoes
tbsp prepared horseradish
dash or three of worchestershire sauce
a squirt of ketchup if you are so inclined
salt & pepper to taste

Begin by frying your onions in a medium to large frying pan.  When the onions have softened, add the garlic, carrots & celery.  When the vegetables have started to soften add the lentils and other remaining ingredients.  Let everything simmer until you get the desired consistency.  If you let it cook down farther than you intended, you can always add more strained tomatoes.

Serve on toast or nice crusty buns with a salad or your favourite steamed green vegetable.

Both partner (a definite omnivore) and kiddo thought these were delicious, so don't be afraid to try them with meat-lovers!

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