Vegetarian Sloppy Joes Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Photography: Stacey Brandford | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/Geary House

While this take on a comfort food classic replaces the traditional ground beef with lentils, we promise you won’t regret the switch.

  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine




In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and mushrooms until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in red pepper, garlic, chili powder and paprika; cook, stirring occasionally, until red pepper is softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.

Stir in lentils, tomatoes, vinegar and salt. Bring to simmer over medium heat; cook until thickened, 10 to 12 minutes.

Coleslaw: Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, oil and pepper. Add coleslaw mix and green onions; toss to combine. 

Top each bun bottom with 1 cup of the lentil mixture and 1/2 cup of the Coleslaw; sandwich with top halves of buns. Serve with sweet potato chips (if using) and remaining Coleslaw.

Test Kitchen Tip: Add the remaining lentil mixture to a plate of nachos, serve over a baked potato or enjoy topped with a fried egg.

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 9 g
  • Sodium 615 mg
  • Sugars 13 g
  • Protein 16 g
  • Calories 417
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Potassium 1036 mg
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 54 g


  • Iron 50
  • Folate 104
  • Calcium 14
  • Vitamin A 20
  • Vitamin C 154
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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes