Snobby Joes

by Kelli H. on June 17, 2011

Today’s recipe is Snobby Joe’s! I’m sure you’ve heard of the spin-off Sloppy Jennie’s which are basically Sloppy Joe’s but made with ground turkey rather than ground beef.  I’m a huge fan of Sloppy Jennie’s because they are so easy to make.  I came across this recipe and knew I had to try it ASAP!

Our secret ingredient which makes these snobby are…

I know you’re probably thinking “How could lentils replace ground beef/turkey?!”.  Well, they easily replace the meat for this vegetarian meal as Jonny Bowden explains “A cup of lentils contains a nice amount of protein – about 18 g.  But best of all, the same cup contains a whopping 16 g of fiber.  Lentils are also a terrific source of folate and a good source of at least seven minerals.  One cup provides 37 percent of the Daily Value for iron and 49 percent of the Daily Value for manganese, an important trace mineral that’s essential for growth, reproduction, wound healing, peak brain function, and the proper metabolism of sugars, insulin, and cholesterol.”.
I recommend making this recipe soon because it does not disappoint! The flavor is excellent and I think even if I were making sloppy jennies again I’d use this recipe’s spices.  Don’t be afraid of the lentils — they don’t bite!
Snobby Joes
Adapted from What’s For Dinner? 
Originally from Veganomican Cookbook
1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 T olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green bell pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T chili powder
2 t fresh oregano or 1 t dried
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 T maple syrup
1 T yellow mustard (wet)
4 buns/rolls/thins 
1.  Place lentils in a medium pot with the water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft.  Drain and set aside.
2.  About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat.  Saute onion and pepper in oil for about 7 minutes, until softened.  Add the garlic and saute for a minute more. 
3.  Add the cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano, and salt and mix.  Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste.  Cook for about 10 minutes.  Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.
4.  Turn off heat and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld.  (I couldn’t wait for this step and it was still delicious!)

What do you think?  Would you be willing to try this take on sloppy joes?
Bowden, Jonny (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Cambridge, MA: Fair Winds Press.

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my little celebration June 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

Ah, I’ve seen lentil sloppy joes before but have never been brave enough to try them. Yours look so tasty though!! I’d definitely try them.


lauri ( June 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I haven’t had a sloppy joe in years!!! And I’ve never even heard of a Sloppy Jennie! Might be time to relive an old childhood favorite 🙂


mOm February 13, 2013 at 3:30 am

I just made these (sort of)… I didn’t have any lentils but I did have ground turkey so just wanted to let you know, it was fantastic as a sloppy jennie! I’m putting lentils on my list, though – I will be trying it that way, next time…


Made in Sonoma February 13, 2013 at 5:04 am

Glad you “sort of” made them. haha. Sounds delicious with ground turkey to me!


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