Healthy Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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Sloppy Joes with Spelt Berries

Need a winning meal? Then you got to try these healthy vegan sloppy joes, seriously! I was never a fan of sloppy joes growing up. I can’t tell you if it was the texture, the sloppiness, or the overall taste. The other day, Jake was pouting for a ‘manwich.’ To be honest, I had no idea what a ‘manwich’ was, so after looking online, I learned that it’s basically a delicious sloppy joe. Since we don’t eat meat, I knew I had to figure out a plant-based alternative.

I first made the base of the sauce with lentils, which turned out great but lacked the meaty texture of a real sloppy joe. Then I recalled that one of my former colleagues made sloppy joes with spelt berries and her kids had no idea it wasn’t meat! Back to the kitchen with a few more tweaks and taste testing, I now have a winner! These sloppy joes are flavorful, tasty, simple to make, and healthy! I hope you enjoy these plant-based sloppy joes, and they satisfy that ‘manwich’ crave! Enjoy!

Sloppy Joes with Spelt Berries
Sloppy Joes with Spelt Berries

Healthy Sloppy Joes

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Easy plant-based Sloppy Joes made with natural ingredients and packed with Spelt Berries for texture and Lentils for protein!
Vegan Sloppy Joes made with spelt berries and lentils. Super hearty and flavorful!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yields 4 Sloppy Joes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup spelt berries cooked *
  • ½ cup green lentils cooked *
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (sub orange or yellow)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ¼ tsp celery seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 1, 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp turbinado sugar
  • hamburger buns
  • sprouts optional
  • Add olive oil to a medium-size pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced onions, bell peppers, and celery. 
  • Season with chili powder, sweet paprika, celery seed, and salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, cooked lentils and spelt berries, and sugar, and mix. Reduce heat to low-medium, and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken up, which is what you want.
  • Scoop about 1/4 cup of the sloppy joe sauce on a bun, top with sprouts (optional) and enjoy!
To eliminate time: cook both the spelt berries and lentils in one pot with 2 and 1/2 cups of water over medium-high heat. Once it starts to simmer, reduce heat to warm and cover to cook for about 30 minutes, or until tender. If the lentils seem tough or dry, add additional water and continue cooking. Do not stir the lentils or spelt berries once you reduce the heat and cover.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The sauce will be more flavorful the next day!
Course: Entree
Cuisine: New American-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Nutrition Facts
Serving1gCalories309.57kcalCarbohydrates42.6gProtein11.03gFat12.16gSaturated Fat1.69gPolyunsaturated Fat1.75gMonounsaturated Fat7.91gSodium929.36mgPotassium868.8mgFiber12.11gSugar12.15gVitamin A2090.88IUVitamin C52.41mgCalcium86mgIron4.4mg
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