Since today marks the first of the Nine Days, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my recipe for Snobby Joe’s – aka Sloppy Joe’s, with lentils substituted for the ground beef.
Kosher on a Budget’s Snobby Joes
Serves 5-6 hungry people
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 4 cups water
- 1 T olive, vegetable or coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green (or other color) bell pepper, chopped small
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 T of chili powder (or more to taste)
- 1 t of cumin
- 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
- 1/4 c tomato paste
- 1-2 T brown sugar
- 1 T of brown mustard
1. Pour lentils and water into saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are cooked soft.
2. About 10 minutes after you lower the temperature on the lentils, sauté onions over medium-high heat in a large saucepan until slightly softened. Add the peppers and garlic and continue sautéing until the peppers and garlic are soft and the onions are starting to get golden in color. Shake in cumin and chili powder and mix well.
3. Strain the cooked lentils and pour into the pan with the onions. Stir together.
4. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard and brown sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
5. Lower the temperature to minimal heat and keep warm until you’re ready to eat (the longer it sits, the more the flavors will meld together).
We were planning to eat these in a pita – which would have helped with the “sloppy” factor – but instead purchased Roma small hamburger buns, on sale for $1.50 per package of eight. These worked well, too, but were definitely messier.
If you are looking for more vegetarian-friendly meal ideas, you can check out these posts:
Vegetarian Menu Planning Ideas – there are loads of links within this post as well to more 9-Days Friendly Recipes
Pizza is always a popular choice – we have it every Thursday! If you’re looking to fancy up your pizza nights, try using my foccacia bread recipe for the crust. YUM-O!
For those looking to avoid dairy, one of my favorite recipes is for this Peanut Noodle Pasta dish. Ohmygosh, I could eat the whole bowl!
And finally, if you think you don’t like tofu, you MUST try my crunchy sesame tofu recipe and let me know if that didn’t change your mind!