Simple idea: Try vegan sloppy joes!
Vegan Sloppy Joes! Tell me you’re not doing cartwheels right now. The flavor in this crockpot recipe from Make and Takes is right on. Kids, adults, everyone who has visited my house and had this meal… loves it.
Why I Love This:
- Full of perfect, sloppy joe flavor
- Much healthier than Manwich
- One word: Crockpot!
- Second word: Super easy!
- Gluten free (simply change the bread)
- My kids love these
- Plenty for leftovers
- 1 cup dried brown or green lentils
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 28-oz can crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- dash of black pepper
- Your favorite gluten free bread / buns
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
My Crockpot Recommendation:
I did a lot of asking around before I purchased my crockpot. I couldn’t decide if I wanted an Instapot, or a Crockpot. Nor did I know if I wanted something compact, or the big guy, since it sits on my counter 24/7. My kitchen is super tiny, and I’m a total neat freak, so choosing to put an appliance on the counter is equivalent to choosing whether to have another child. It’s a big deal! And not a decision taken lightly!
I ended up going with the most highly recommended item: the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Crockpot. And I’ve been super happy with it. You can program it and leave it. You can cook and then leave it on warm until you have time to make it to the table. Technically you can carry it somewhere because it has clips to hold it closed (I haven’t tried that though). And it’s big enough to go as large as you want with the recipes.
Another objection I had to a crockpot was cleanup. I’m not sure if you’re as fickle as I am, but I HATE washing dishes. And washing a crockpot is like… eww. But this one cleans up rather easily. We just soak it over night and rinse it out in the morning. The bowl comes out and is easily washable, even dishwasher safe if you want to stick it in the dishwasher instead.
So if you find yourself thinking, “Wow! I haven’t thought about sloppy joes for 20 years!” we are in the same boat. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and totally thought it would be gross. But it’s SO not gross! It’s fantastic. And, it’s vegan sloppy joes! Just as addictive as they were as kids, but much better for your body, and the environment. Let me know if you try them. ..xx
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