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Spicy Lentil Sloppy Joes

What you need: 

1 cup lentils (brown or French green)
4 cups water
2 small onions, chopped
veggie oil (for frying, and a little extra for the sauce)
1 cup tomatoes (fresh preferred), chopped
4 tablespoons molasses
2 splashes apple cider vinegar (or regular vinegar)
3 tablespoons mustard
hot sauce or cayenne powder, optional, to taste (I prefer Lousiana Hot Sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced or 2 dashes garlic powder
few pinches ground sage (don't go overboard though)
few dashes cumin
few dashes onion powder, optional
few healthy pinches basil (fresh or dried)
few dashes turmeric, optional
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 cup tomato sauce
bread, for serving (I like something crusty, like French bread, or maybe hamburger buns)

What you do: 

1. Boil lentils with water on a fairly high heat, covered, with salt, until softened. On a separate burner, fry onion with a splash of oil on medium-high heat, until the onions have softened and browned slightly, but are not transluscent. Add your tomatoes, and let cook with the onions for up to five minutes. If your lentils are still cooking at this point, kill the heat for the skillet before you add your other ingredients.
2. Add all other ingredients to the pan except for tomato sauce and bread, and let sit until ready to add the lentils. Stir everything together a little. Once the lentils are cooked through, combine in the pan with the sauce. You may not want to include ALL of the lentils, depending on how "runny" you want your mix to be.
3. Add your tomato sauce, and turn the heat on to medium or medium-high to allow the flavors to mix (for about ten minutes). Serve hot on bread of choice (you may need a knife and fork for this!).
Source of recipe: I've never liked sloppy joes when I've had them before (they probably weren't the best quality), but these I loved, as did my sister who doesn't even like lentils. Not to toot my own horn, or anything, but they were my concoction.

Preparation Time: 
Around 10 min, Cooking time: 30-45 min
Cooking Time: 
30-45 min
Servings: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I myself didn't use spicy mustard or chiles when I whipped this up-
This was pretty good, although way too spicy the way I made it.  I didn't use hot sauce or cayenne, but I only had spicy brown mustard ... I don't know if it was hot?  This is my first time using it.  Plus I had red gold diced tomatoes with green chiles, that's probably why it was so spicy.  I don't know if I'll make it again, but if I do I definitely don't want such spicy tomatoes!

I myself didn't use spicy mustard or chiles when I whipped this up- just your average hot sauce. :) Chilies would definitely change the overall flavor.

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This was pretty good, although way too spicy the way I made it.  I didn't use hot sauce or cayenne, but I only had spicy brown mustard ... I don't know if it was hot?  This is my first time using it.  Plus I had red gold diced tomatoes with green chiles, that's probably why it was so spicy.  I don't know if I'll make it again, but if I do I definitely don't want such spicy tomatoes!

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This was soooo good.  I decreased the molasses to 3 Tbsp just because I didn't want it too sweet, and instead of the fresh tomatoes + tomato sauce I used a can of diced tomatoes in tomato juice.  I will definitely be making this again (and again, and again...).

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I found this recipe about a month ago but didn't try it until today.  OMG, it is so good.  One of the things I have missed most since going vegetarian is my homemade bbq.  This was just the recipe to fill my void.  Thank you so much!!  Even my ever picky son tried it and liked it.

Thanks again  ;D

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This was soooo delicious. I only had plain green lentils on hand so I used those instead. I made a side of Spicy Fries to go along with it and it was a perfect match.

I used generic store brand hamburger buns for these, and they definitely did not do the Joes justice. Next time (which will be very soon)  I'll get some heavy duty hamburger buns and maybe toast them beforehand.

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EXCELLENT! This recipe is going into my box. It was extremely easy and was made up of stuff I already had, no weird or expensive ingedients. It's also really good over fries to make chili fries.

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Guys, I can't tell you what these comments mean to me! I so did this sort of community (web-based or not), where it's all about the food and not the ego (ideally, anyway). That I've helped create a recipe of use to other people makes me feel quite glad indeed. :)

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This was SO good!  This recipe is by far the best meal I have made in my new lifestyle!  Thank you for posting this one...it was a hit even with my non-vegan husband...

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I really enjoyed this recipe. I had to go back to my veg lifestyle (former 10 year ovo-lacto) for health reasons and really needed something tasty to make it easier. This was the first thing I made on the first day of my transition and it was really good. My meat eating husband even thought it was good. I pretty much followed the recipe to a T except I had to use canned tomatoes because i didn't have anything else, and I did not add any additional salt. I think the extra liquid in the canned tomatoes were probably a good idea because even after cooking the lentils they will absorb a lot of the liquid.

Thanks for a great recipe1

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Thanks muchly darlin'! :)

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