Manwich, however, contains ingredients that I don't want to consume. Take a look:
Tomato Puree , (Water , Tomato Paste) , High Fructose Corn Syrup , Distilled Vinegar , Corn Syrup , Less Than 2% of: Salt , Sugar , Dehydrated Onions , Dehydrated Red and Green Bell Peppers , Chile Pepper , Tomato Fiber , Spices , Guar Gum , Xanthan Gum , Dehydrated Garlic , Carob Bean Gum , Natural Flavors
And I love beef. I really love beef. It's the only meat I have a love affair with. However, I'm in my 30s, and I need to eat less of it. I'm striving for a mainly plant-based diet, so most beef has to go. My whole family benefits from eating a mostly plant-based diet. Enter the lowly lentil.
Lentils make wonderful ground beef stand-ins for several recipes: Meatloaf, tacos, and sloppy joes are three of my favorites. After reading mixed reviews on lentil sloppy joes, I decided to venture forth and create my own spin on this idea. I love sloppy joes, so it was worth the effort. What I got was a recipe that tasted so much like the Manwich of my childhood that I wouldn't have known the difference had I not been the chef.
This is not a Sloppy Joe. This is Messy Lenny. The Lentil.
What You Need:
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 a large onion, diced
- 1/2 a large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup ketchup (check for high fructose corn syrup!)
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- black pepper to taste
- a few dashed of garlic powder
- buns for serving (I suggest this recipe)
- Cook lentils in water until tender. Some folks say they can be cooked in 30 minutes. I find that 60 is more realistic. Here's how to cook them: Add lentils to water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender. Check the water level occasionally to prevent scorching. After cooking, if there is more than a couple tablespoons of water left, drain some out and proceed.
- Add onion, pepper, and oil. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and serve on buns.