Lentil Sloppy Joe Sliders and SRC


Where did the time go? It is that time again for Secret Recipe Club.  I got Denise’s blog Eat Laugh Love.  There is a treasure trove of recipes everyone will enjoy. Denise’s approach to food is pretty simple. Local if possible and very little processed foods. That is how she cooks for her family.  She cooks almost every night even though she works outside the home. Her husband Craig AKA wine guy and son Connor are her official taste testers and sous chefs. They even do dishes.


Like a lot of us, she has quite the cookbook collection. We all justify purchasing a cookbook if there are at least one recipe we can use.

So, if she is not cooking for her family or working fulltime she is teaching a nutrient class through Share Our Strength Cooking Matters, she is also on the board of a St Louis organization called Food Outreach. It provides nutritional support to people living with aids and cancer.

I decided to make her  Lentil Sloppy Joes. It was pure genius on Denise’s part to replace the beef with lentils in this kid friendly meal.  This is a perfect Lent recipe and I think it is also very kid friendly which is a win win for everyone!


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Sloppy Joe Sliders


1 cup dried lentils, picked over (not red lentils; they would get too mushy)
1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
15 ounce canned tomatoes
1/4 cup + 1 table spoon tomato paste
3/4 cups onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cups)
1T apple cider vinegar
1T garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1T chili powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more depending on your tastes)


Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; stir until well combined and cook on high, covered, for 3 to 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low, depending how fast your device cooks.
Taste test to ensure lentils are cooked through. If not, cover and cook in 30 minute increments until soft.
If too much liquid remains, cook on high without the lid for 30 to 60 minutes, keeping in mind these thicken as it sits.

Peace be with you,


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20 Responses to “Lentil Sloppy Joe Sliders and SRC”

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    Tandy — March 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    these look amazing!


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    Megan — March 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Wow these sound great!


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    Debra — March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Perfect recipe! I had been eying a lentil baked “bean” recipe on pinterest and this just makes the next leap. I just don’t know if I can replace beef in this household with lentils. The Hubs might mutiny. Great SRC post.


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    Our Eating Habits — March 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    What a perfect dish! Will definitely keep this in mind for vegetarian night!


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    Chellie — March 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    What a great idea! My husband went vegan last summer, and i’m always looking for recipes to suit him that everyone will like! I will be trying this most definitely! I don’t know a ton about lentils, you mentioned not red ones, is there a certain color/variety I should look for?


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    Denise Evans — March 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Glad you liked these. Love all the meatless meals on your blog too, and these are great for Lent and Meatless Monday, and very economical to make.



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    chelsy — March 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    mmmmmmmm how creative! These look absolutely scrumptious!


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    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} — March 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

    What a great recipe and looks super tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!


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    SprungAtLast — March 19, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I love lentil sloppy joes and will be posting the recipe I usually use – but I’m pinning this to try yours next. They are THE BEST. Feel like junk food, but aren’t. What could be better?


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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — March 19, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Love lentils.. never thought of making sloppy joes with them!


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    Veronica Miller — March 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I’ve heard of using lentils in place of the beef for sloppy joes but have always been scared to try. Your beautiful photos are encouraging me though!


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    Karen — March 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Love the idea of using lentils instead of beef. I often get cravings for sloppy joes (just like ma used to make), but I think using lentils would make them even better, they look great!


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    Rhonda — March 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    What a fun vegetarian alternative. Lentils are so versatile, not you got me thinking about what else could be done with them…


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    Liz — March 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

    What a marvelous meatless meal!!! I love lentils and bet these are super!!!


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    vgantley — March 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I really like the green ones. They have a very earthy quality. You should experiment and see which ones you like best.


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    Linda@There and Back Again — March 21, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Interesting idea to swap beef with lentils. I can see how it could work with the earthiness and texture of the lentils.


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    Kate@Diethood — March 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is being sent straight to my printer! Can’t believe it’s meatless!! It could have fooled me! :)


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    kirstin — March 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    YUM! I have made lentil sloppy joes before, but never thought of making sliders. What a great idea. Great choice. I’m a fellow SRC member, group D


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    Lady Bre — March 22, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I have been playing with the idea of meatless mondays and I think this dish would be the perfect way to kick it off.
    Going to share your post via link in my losing fat loving food fridays post next friday 3/29 to share with all… hope that will be ok


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    Lady Bren — March 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Well I couldn’t wait for Friday as we’ve started doing Meatless Mondays
    here is the link to the blog
    I included a lnk back to this post


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