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Italian-style Sloppy Joes with Red Lentils

The addition of a small handful of split red lentils boosts the fibre and other essential nutrients in this dish—they absorb the flavours of the other ingredients as they cook, so no one will know they’re there. Created by Julie Van Rosendaal

Italian-style Sloppy Joes with Red Lentils

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  • 1 lb Only Alberta Beef ground sirloin
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 cups tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. cider or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry red lentils
  • salt and pepper
  • olive or canola oil, for cooking
  • 4 soft buns or Italian-style white bread

How to Make It

Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pot set over medium-high heat and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the beef and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking it up as you cook, until the meat is no longer pink.

Add the tomato sauce (more or less depending on how saucy you like it), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the dry lentils and 1/4 cup of water, bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and the sauce has thickened. Serve on soft buns or Italian-style white bread. 

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