Add whatever spices to taste. The cumin and paprika add different layers of flavor to this recipe, keeping it interesting and delicious. If you want a spicier sauce, add more hot sauce and cayenne. For a sweeter sauce, add more brown sugar. Also, I estimated on the salt, so feel free to add more if need-be.
Though this recipe has a lot of ingredients, you should have most of them on-hand. You can sub the Dijon mustard for regular mustard if necessary, and you can probably omit the cumin (though I highly recommend using it).
Other than that, I hope that everyone is having a great Monday. I'm pretty behind and probably should've waited to post this, but I'm procrastinating a little. Looks like school work is next for me. I have to finish a Professional Responsibility and a Torts outline for one of my classes, and I really should get started on my paper. I also need to clean my room. It's a cluttered mess at the moment (which is also hindering my productivity). Oh, and my resume. I really need to polish my resume a bit, but I just don't know what I want to do with it.
1 cup uncooked lentils, soaked and rinsed (about 2 1/2 cups soaked/cooked lentils)
1 cup water
1 white onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar (or more, to taste)
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. non-dairy buttery spread
3 cloves garlic
3 tsp. olive oil, divided
2 tsp. salt, divided
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. white or apple cider vinegar
1 to 2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
Dash of hot sauce (to taste)
Dash of cayenne pepper
Makes about 6 Sloppy Joes.
Total Cook Time: about an hour, plus time for soaking the lentils.
You'll Also Need:
6 burger buns
Instructions:1. Soak the lentils in water for at least an hour. Drain and rinse.
2. In a large saucepan, bring about 6 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the lentils to a boil. Continue cooking the lentils until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
3. While the lentils are cooking, add the onions, red pepper, garlic, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt to a large skillet. Cook on medium-high heat until tender. Stir in the tomato paste, water, lemon juice, vinegar, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and hot sauce. Continue cooking for another 3 minutes or so.
4. Stir in the ketchup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, buttery spread, and the parsley. Cook on medium-high heat until most of the water has reduced, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for another 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
5. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the lentil mixture onto each burger bun, and serve with a nice, big salad or fries.