Messy Joe’s

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Messy Joe’s

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Messy Joe’s

Now who doesn’t like a good sloppy joe? Here is one version we love in our house.


1 regular green bell pepper (diced)

2 cloves garlic (peeled & pressed)

1 regular yellow onion (diced)

Ezekiel buns (sprouted grain)

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 cup green lentils

3 Tbsp maple syrup (sugar free)

1 Tbsp mustard (yellow)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp dulse (optional)


  1. Add the lentils and 4 cups of water in a small sauce pan, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. About 10 minutes before the lentils are done – in a soup pot over medium heat, saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more.
  4. Stir in the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano, dulse, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the maple syrup and mustard and heat thoroughly (about 2-3 minutes)
  6. Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can shmeld together. We like to serve on a Ezekiel English Muffin (or bun) or in a whole wheat pita pocket or just slopped on a plate with a big salad on the side.


  1. The Kitchen Skinny says

    eschaumann February 7, 2012 at 2:08 am [edit]
    I added about 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts to the mixture. I really like chopped walnuts in my fake-meat mixtures. They work really well.

    tksmith2 February 7, 2012 at 3:39 am [edit]
    Great idea!

  2. Rachel Smith says

    Both my husband & I liked this very much. It was very filling.

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