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Beef & lentil sloppy joes

January 17, 2013

sloppy joesBeef & Lentil Sloppy Joes

If you don’t already have a love of lentils, I really urge you to get to know them better.  Invite them to lunch.  Then have them over for dinner.  You’ll be so glad you did, because they bring loads of protein, fiber, and important vitamins to the party.

We had these beef and lentil sloppy joes for lunch over the weekend, and had enough leftover for a couple workday lunches.  I suggest serving them on a toasted roll with some melted cheese and a handful of crunchy chips on the side.

Sharing the lentil love with some of my favorite lentil recipes …

refried lentils
beef and lentil soup
stewed lentils and tomatoes
lentil sausage soup

Recipe:  Beef & Lentil Sloppy Joes

(from Can You Stay for Dinner?)

1 cup uncooked green lentils
4 cups water
½ lb lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 c. tomato paste
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

“Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, set a large frying pan over medium heat. Saute the ground beef and onion for about 7 minutes, crumbling with a spatula as you cook, until the beef is no longer pink. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.  Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.

Add the brown sugar and mustard and heat through. Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can blend.” Broil or grill rolls before filling with sloppy joe mixture.




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