Veganize This: Sloppy Joes

Written by Heidi Kristoffer

I don’t know about you, but sloppy joes were a staple of my childhood. This vegan (much healthier) version takes me back to childhood with a smile, but without the stomachache!

Veganized Sloppy Joes

Serves 2-4


  • ¾ Cup Onions, diced, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups red, yellow or orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 can organic tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (more to taste if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 can organic lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can organic tomatoes, no salt added


Place 1/4 cup liquid from tomatoes in a pot over medium-high heat. Add ½ cup onion, garlic, carrot, and peppers and saute for 7-10 minutes, stirring constantly and adding tomato liquid as needed so that nothing sticks or burns. Add tomatoes, chili powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well. Place mixture in a blender and blend until completely smooth.

Next: sauté remaining onion in olive oil, on medium heat, until translucent (about 3 minutes). Then add lentils and mixture from blender and mix well. Season to taste with salt, pepper and chili powder. Allow to simmer over low heat 15-20 minutes, then serve on any bread or bun you choose.

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