Vegan Sloppy Joes. A smoky, savory and simple plant-based delicious anytime meal that is sure to please. Full of protein and fiber for a hearty sloppy joe!
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of salt and pepper
1 zucchini, shredded or finely diced
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 15-ounce cans of lentils, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1/2 – 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon paprika
*hamburger buns of your choice
avocado slices (optional)
Heat the oil in a large pan (or dutch oven) over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Sautè for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onions are slightly browned.
Next add the shredded zucchini and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft.
Stir in the tomato sauce, lentils, ketchup, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, tamari, hot sauce, chili powder and paprika. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a slow boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, to let the flavors come together.
Do a taste test and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt, chili powder, hot sauce, maple syrup, etc., as needed!
Serve the mixture on toasted buns with avocado.
*Can also be made in the slow cooker/crock pot! Just add all ingredients to the slow cooker, mix and set on high or low, depending on how much time you have!
**Leftover sloppy joe mixture will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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