This simple recipe for slow-cooked sloppy joes is perfect for vegetarians as the traditional beef is replaced with heart-healthy lentils. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Diabetic Living Magazine


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker stir together lentils, chopped sweet pepper, carrots, onion, vegetable juice, tomato paste, chiles, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, vinegar, garlic and water (see Tip).

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  • Before serving, stir in ketchup and brown sugar. Serve lentil mixture on toasted buns. If desired, top each serving with shredded carrot.


Tips: If using a sugar substitute, choose from Sweet'N Low(R) Brown or Sugar Twin(R) Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar. Nutrition per Serving with Substitute: same as below, except 221 calories, 42 g carbohydrates (9 g sugar).

For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

To make ahead: Cover and store extra lentil mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; 1.4 g total fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 265 mg sodium. 422 mg potassium; 43.1 g carbohydrates; 10.4 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 11 g protein; 1630 IU vitamin a iu; 18 mg vitamin c; 120 mcg folate; 126 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 36 mg magnesium;