I actually can't recall ever eating Sloppy Joes outside of a school cafeteria, but these are way better and obviously healthier. The lentils are packed with protein, leaving us full but not stuffed. I had pre-cooked the lentils earlier in the day since Thursdays are one of my late days, and the most time-intensive part of putting the meal together was chopping the onion.
I highly recommend these for people on a budget who are trying to make more meatless meals but are wary of tofu. It would be great for kids (lessen the chili powder to taste), and the leftovers are just as good the next day. This is delicious, hearty comfort food that's vegetarian!
source: Branny Boils Over
Yields at least 3 sandwiches
1/2 cup lentils boiled in 3 cups water, with a bay leaf
8 oz tomato sauce
1 T maple syrup
2 t spicy mustard
1 t oregano
1.5 T chili powder (or more if you're like me and accidentally dumped in a bunch much to Joe's delight)
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 t salt
Saute onion and garlic and add to drained boiled lentils. Add spices and tomato sauce and simmer 10 minutes. Then cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Simmer a little more to reduce to the liquid if too soupy. Serve on buns or as desired with your favorite sandwich sides.