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


Recipe Summary

15 mins
4 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

1/2 cup lentil mixture and 1 bun
228 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 43.1g; dietary fiber 10.4g; sugars 10.2g; fat 1.4g; saturated fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 1630.3IU; vitamin c 18.3mg; folate 120.4mcg; calcium 126mg; iron 3.2mg; magnesium 36.5mg; potassium 421.6mg; sodium 265mg.

2 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean protein