Asian Lentil Sloppy Joe's
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 8
These lentil sloppy joe's have NO added fats, oils, and is low on salt and added sugars, but are still packed with protein, fiber, and micronutrients with Asian spices of ginger, garlic, and chilis.
  • 2 cups brown/french lentils
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp both garlic & onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne
  • 5-6 cups water (if lentils aren't fully cooked, add a little more water, start with 5)
Remaining Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsp freshly minced ginger (we keep ours in the freezer so we always have it on hand)
  • 4 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 c small diced celery
  • 1 cup small diced red/yellow/or orange peppers
  • 2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2-3 tsp sambal oelek/asian garlic sauce (you can add more if you like it spicy, if your kids are sensitive to spice, start with 2 tsp and add as desired)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp date paste or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, gluten free if needed
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2-15 oz can stewed tomatoes (we use a pint of Muir Glen tomatoes)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parsley to serve
  1. Instructions:
  2. Place water, lentils, garlic & onion powder, and bay leaf in a stock pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until cooked (not mushy), about 10-15 minutes. If lentils taste done, and water remains, strain extra water.
  3. Saute celery, and onion in hot pan with a little water to prevent sticking, until softened (about 5 minutes). Add in pepper, ginger, garlic and sauté for a few more minutes.
  4. Add in lentils, soy sauce, date paste/maple syrup, vinegar, lime juice & tomatoes
  5. Saute until cooked through about 5 minutes, top with some fresh parsley.
  6. Serve atop salad, rice, as a lettuce wrap (use bib lettuce), or on slider rolls
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