This Comfort Food Classic Is the Perfect Way to Sneak in Some Extra Veggies

Katie’s Lentil Sloppy Joes have all the nostalgic flavor you're craving.

April 21, 2020

Lentil Sloppy Joes, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

Photo by: Kerri Brewer

Kerri Brewer

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Growing up, I had my fair share of Sloppy Joes at the dinner table. Something about how messy this food could be (intentionally!), really brought the fun during mealtime. Even the word “sloppy” in the name seemed to give me permission to throw all table manners out the window and just enjoy how great it was to eat something so comforting.

Katie Lee captures the very same nostalgic feeling in her Lentil Sloppy Joes class on the Food Network Kitchen app. She re-creates the meaty classic, turning it into a plant-based, vegetarian version that calls for lentils, peppers and onions. And, while this veggie-forward, pantry staple-based Sloppy Joe may be healthier than more traditional ones, it certainly still leaves a delicious mess — Katie proves it toward the end of the class 😆!

The best part of Sloppy Joes? The hearty sauciness! And Katie’s recipe does not disappoint. Although she skips the meat, veggies and lentils provide a similar texture. She uses green lentils, green beans and onions because of their tenderness and flavor. This is a great way to sneak more veggies, protein and fiber into your everyday meals. She says, “Take a familiar food [and] add a little bit of a spin on it.”

Her class is filled with tons of relatable advice and easy-to-follow tips. Whether you’re craving a cozy, comfort food dish, looking for a way to incorporate more vegetables into your meals or cooking with lots of pantry staples — Katie’s Sloppy Joes are the answer!

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