As a kid, I used to love a Manwich sloppy joe served on a pillowy soft white roll.
If you’ve never had the pleasure, Manwich is an absurdly sweet canned tomato sauce that’s mixed with ground meat to make a “sloppy joe.”
The commercial went, “A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal.”
While I appreciated a good Manwich, some might say it’s kind of a trashy meal.
(Which is to say, it was delicious).
So I decided to make a vegan version.
Keep in mind that the canned Manwich sauce, still made by Hunt’s, is actually vegan. You can make your own classic Manwich by mixing it with veggie crumbles.
But the high-fructose corn syrup in the canned sauce doesn’t thrill me. And it’s easy enough to make our own.
Not only is this lentil sloppy joe as straightforward to make as a Manwich, it has a very similar sweet-spicy barbecue flavor. Honestly, I think it comes pretty close to the original.
Serve with extra greasy potato chips and carrot sticks.
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- 2 T olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 t chili powder
- ½ t ground dry mustard
- ½ t chili flakes
- ½ t salt
- ½ c ketchup
- 2 15-ounce cans lentils, rinsed and drained
- 4 whole wheat buns, lightly toasted
- In a pot, heat oil. Stir in onion and cook 2 minutes. Add green pepper and garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add chili powder, ground mustard, chili flakes and salt and stir another minute. Add ketchup and lentils. Cook, stirring occasionally for a couple minutes. Reduce heat to very low, cover and cook about 5 minutes. Fill buns with lentil mixture.