BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joes with Purple Slaw

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Here is a recipe I created for a summer barbecue. My website was under maintenance at that time. I have been asked several times about these, so why not post them in October! You can still make these on a cool night with a side of spiced warm apples. Delicious!

 

BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joes with Purple Slaw

Ingredients
1 cup of dry red lentils ( You can sub other lentils. Just be mindful, lentils must not be overcooked or they will become soft and mushy. Different varieties require different cooking times.
1-Use 1 1/2 cups of water . Do not add salt until the lentils are cooked because the salt will toughen them if added at the beginning of the cooking time.
2-Bring water or broth to a boil and add the lentils. Boil for 2 or 3 minutes and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until tender. Cook green and brown lentils for approximately 45 minutes and red lentils for 25 minutes.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red onion, finely diced
*olive oil for sauté
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 can of organic tomato paste
1/2 cup of organic BBQ sauce
1/3 cup of water (add slowly…more or less to create a sauce)

Directions
Prepare lentils and set aside.
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil approximately 2-5 minutes until soft. Add chili powder, red pepper and mix well. Add tomato paste, BBQ sauce and prepared lentils. Add water slowly and as needed to create a thick sauce. Serve on toasted whole wheat buns with “Purple Slaw.”

Purple Slaw
Ingredients

1/2 red cabbage, finely shredded (food processor
2 large carrots, finely shredded
3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
2 tablespoons grated onion
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
dash of marjoram
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
Combine the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. Whisk together the mayonnaise,yogurt, onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery salt, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, and then add to the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or sugar if desired.

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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