Friday, February 5, 2010

Healthy Sloppy Joes & Serious Slaw

Ready for a new take on the old Sloppy Joe recipe?  This meal of Sloppy Joe Lentils and Serious Slaw is so yummy it makes a great and easy meal for the family.  Have some toast or burger buns ready and you will love the comfort food taste without the guilt.  It is really good and healthy.  Those two words can go together quite well.

Healthy Sloppy Joes 

          1 tbs olive oil
          1 shallot (or onion if you don't have a shallot)
          1 dice green pepper
          1 tbs chili powder
          1 tbs cumin
          1 1/2 cups lentils
1 14.5 can crushed tomatoes (with basil if you can get it)
3 cups vegetable broth (or water)
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs dry mustard
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp salt
ground pepper
First look over your lentils and discard any shriveled ones.  Next cut the shallot in half and then thinly slice, and then dice the green pepper.

Using a heavy pot heat olive oil on medium to medium high and saute the shallot and green pepper together for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients excluding the salt and pepper.

Bring everything to a boil. Boil for two to three minutes and then reduce heat to medium and simmer the lentils until done. Depending on the lentils they may cook in as little as twenty minutes or they may take as long as an hour. Taste the lentils every 10 minutes to see if they are done. They should be tender but not mushy.

Serious Slaw
1 shallot
3 cups finely shredded cabbage (red or green or mixed)
2 cups shredded carrots

1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs brown sugar

three pinches of dry mustard
three pinches of cumin
salt and pepper to taste
In a small bowl whisk together the white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, mustard, cumin.  Add cabbage and carrots and mix all ingredients together.  Salt & Pepper to taste.
White balsamic vinegar is great. It's not as strong as white wine vinegar and is lighter than balsamic vinegar. 

We hope you enjoy the Healthy Sloppy Joes and Serious Slaw.  Let us know how your meal turned out!

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