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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sloppy Joes

mmmm Sloppy Joes on a cool fall day...or any day for that matter! We had this for supper tonight except instead of on buns we had it on fresh made bread (I toasted mine!), and it was delicious!
I like the idea of adding lentils in to bulk up the meal. It makes it feel like a package of hamburger meat goes that much further!
This recipe is from BudgetBytes and the only thing I changed was a little less sugar and a little less vinegar :)

3/4 Cup Dry Lentils
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 Sweet Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
2-3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 (15oz) can of Tomato Sauce
1 (3oz) can of Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar (I used Demerara)
1/2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
Bread or Buns to serve it on!

Lentils: Cook them first, you will thank yourself later when you aren't crunching your way through your supper! Boil water and add the lentils. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Test to make sure they are tender and then drain them. Set aside to add to the sloppy joe mixture later.

Chop the onion and green pepper and mince the garlic. Add to the frying pan with the oil and cook over medium heat until soft. (about 5 minutes)
Add the ground beef and continue to cook until the meat is no longer red (about 7-10 minutes)

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, cider vinegar, brown sugar, dijon, chili powder and salt. Stir well and heat through.
Stir in the cooked lentils and heat through if needed. Serve warm on buns or bread.

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