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Lentil Sloppy Joes with Lettuce & Red Onions

In parts of India, lentils are served at every meal — and it’s no wonder. In this recipe the humble legume morphs into a vegetarian loose meat sandwich. Don’t think the words ‘vegetarian’ and ‘loose meat’ belong together? Close your eyes and test your senses. You’ll discover that meatless actually can taste great! Just one bite of this vegan sandwich and you’ll surely be a convert.


2 servings

Total Time

40 minutes

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Test Kitchen Tip

While this lentil recipe is good in a sandwich, it also can stand in as a great substitute for baked beans.


Sort through lentils, picking out stones or debris, then rinse lentils thoroughly. Add lentils and water to a saucepan, cover, and cook over medium heat until lentils are tender but not mushy, 3040 minutes; drain.

Sauté onion in oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.

Add ketchup, maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, and ginger; season with Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Simmer ketchup mixture until sauce is thick and darkens in color, 810 minutes.

Stir in lentils until heated through, 23 minutes. Serve lentils on buns with pickles, lettuce, and red onion.


Sort through lentils to remove stones or twigs, then rinse lentils to remove any dirt.


To add flavor to the sloppy Joes, cook onion in oil until softened, then add garlic and cook briefly.


To thicken the sauce mixture, cook it until it darkens, then stir in the lentils to warm through.

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