If you love the idea of Sloppy Joes, but you are a vegetarian - fear not! Sloppy Sams are for you. These yummy sandwiches are so good that even a child will eat them without question.

Marian

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water and lentils in a saucepan; season to taste with salt if desired. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • Meanwhile, cook onions with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, mustard powder, chili powder, molasses and Worcestershire sauce; simmer 5 to10 minutes until thickened.

  • Drain lentils and reserve cooking liquid. Stir lentils into sauce mixture, adding cooking liquid or water as needed to obtain the desired "sloppy joe" consistency. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts

517 calories; protein 19.3g; carbohydrates 82.2g; fat 13.9g; sodium 782.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2007
Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce is available in most health food stores or even Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. If you can't find it there you can make your own -- just do a search for Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce online. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2008
Tasted pretty much like baked beans on a bun to me. If that sounds good to you - go for it! Read More
(4)
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2007
Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce is available in most health food stores or even Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. If you can't find it there you can make your own -- just do a search for Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce online. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2007
This is YUMMO! I made this with red lentils to speed up cooking time and I cooked the lentils with the sauce ingredients. After cooking the onions and garlic I added a can of chopped tomatoes with mexican seasonings (to replace the 2 cups tomato...the can is 14 oz) and the lentils. Then I added about 2 cups of water and the rest of the ingredients. I let it simmer for about 15 minutes and it was great! The lentils still had a bit of "bite" but had a great sloppy joe taste. Even my husband a confirmed meat eater had seconds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2009
My husband loved these but I am not a huge fan of lentils. Good alternative if you don't want meat- thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2007
Very Good! Even my husband approved! I used brown sugar instead of molasses. Excellent meat free recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2007
Incredibly delicious. To make it a bit easier I used 1-15 oz. can of Eden organic lentils (with sweet onion & bay leaf) drained as well as 1-15oz. can of Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes (drained). So very very very yummy! I also used 2 TBS brown sugar instead of the molasses. Thank you so much for a great recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2008
Thanks Marian for the wonderful recipe!The combo of ingredients rsults in a very flavorful sauce. I substitued low sodium soy sauce for the worchestershire. In the past I have purchased "store brand" worchestershire sauce and it did NOT contain anchovies:) since I'm allergic to all seafood. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2007
Just to inform people that you can buy vegeterian worcestershire sauce that omits the anchovies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2008
I'm giving this 5 stars because it's a healthier alternative to real Sloppy Joes it tastes just like a Sloppy Joe it's cheaper than a real Sloppy Joe and you want to keep eating more and more just like you would with a Sloppy Joe. Kudos to the chef. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
While I liked these freshly made I really loved these the next day! I used a can of diced garlic and onion flavored tomatoes (undrained) in place of fresh. I added about a T. of regular mustard and brown sugar in the end. It was way too sweet the first day but tasted fine the next day. So next time I would not add any sugar and I may try some vinegar to see what that does to the flavor too. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2008
Tasted pretty much like baked beans on a bun to me. If that sounds good to you - go for it! Read More
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