Welcome to Move Over Meat Monday!

First, I would like to report that I just read an article that Washington D.C. is now the second city (after San Francisco) to implement "Meatless Mondays"! Last Tuesday, the Washington, DC City Council held a special press conference announcing its newly approved “DC Meat-Free Mondays”, encouraging city residents to reduce their meat consumption one day per week!

Now that you've gotten extra motivation to implement this resolution yourself, let's move on to the meatless recipe of the day. An old childhood favorite- Sloppy Joes!

The following recipe is from my go-to recipe source vegweb. I have actually made these before, but the recipe I used was from my cookbook Veganomicon. They were fantastic! The following recipe is very close to the one I made, so I'm sure you would get the same result.


Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 cup lentils
2 cup water
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoon green pepper flakes*
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon dry minced garlic (the kind in the spice section)
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 1/4 cups water


1) Rinse and pick through lentils. Add two cups water to pan with lentils and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer about 55 minutes until tender, but not mushy.

2) For the sauce, combine the minced onion, salt, sugar, dry mustard, chili powder, green pepper flakes, cornstarch, minced garlic, celery seeds. Combine well and set aside.

3) When lentils are done, add the tomato paste and water. Stir in the sauce seasoning. Combine well and heat through.

Serve on whole wheat buns or over brown rice. Makes excellent left overs too!!!

Note: the dry ingredients can be combined and stored in snack size baggies for your own homemade sloppy joe seasoning to use anytime.

*If you can not find green pepper flakes, add fresh green pepper sauteed until soft.

Source of recipe: I needed to use up some lentils in my kitchen. I wanted something yummy. This was the result.

Makes: 8 Servings, Preparation time: 10 min, Cooking time: 65 min

One additional note I would make about the lentils is to soak them overnight the day before you make this dish in a pot with a lid if you can. This will really cut down on cooking time.

I really urge you to try this recipe. Be sure to let me know how it turns out if you do!

Sources: VegNews, Vegweb