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BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich With Sweet Miso Coleslaw [Vegan]

What’s the take-away message from this BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw? Who says vegans can’t have it all! It’s either that or the longer the recipe title, the better the meal. I think I’ll go with the first one.

Vegan BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw [Vegan]

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For the Lentil Meatball Sandwich

  • Lentil Meatballs
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet Miso Coleslaw
  • 4 Buns

For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon vegan smoke sauce (optional)

For the Sweet Miso Coleslaw

  • 3 cups colesaw mix 
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
  • 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


1. Use recipe for Lentil Burgers, but instead of making them into patties, I simply rolled them into 1-1 1/2-inch balls.

2. Set these on a tray and place them in the freezer to firm up a bit. Then transfer them to a freezer bag and return them to the freezer for storage.

3. You can (obviously) make these ahead of time, or serve them right from the oven (well, after they’ve cooled, of course!). It’s up to you!

Barbecue Sauce

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well-combined and then set aside so the flavors can get to know each other a little better.

Sweet Miso Coleslaw

  1. Combine everything but the coleslaw mix in a small bowl. Stir until well-combined. Your sauce might look a little runny. That’s ok. The chia seeds will not only add some great Omega-3s, they’ll also thicken the sauce.
  2. Let that stand for a bit before adding it to your coleslaw mix. You might want to dip your finger in the sauce to see if it has the right mix of flavors for you. If not, you might want to add a little bit of salt or pepper or whatever coasts your coleslaw.
  3. While you’re waiting, add the coleslaw mix to a medium-sized resealable bowl.
  4. Once the sauce has thickened a bit (thank you chia seeds), combine this with the coleslaw mix and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Seal the container and place it in the fridge while you’re putting the rest of your sandwiches together.

Assemble Your Sandwiches

1. First, it’s nice if you can lightly toast your buns. It gives them a nice toasty taste…and a firmer platform for the lentil meatballs.

2. While the buns are toasting, place however many meatballs you’ll need for your sandwiches (I use about 5 per sandwich) in a bowl and pour over them just enough BBQ sauce to thoroughly cover each meatball. BBQ sauce is kind of like sunscreen  – you want to apply liberally!

3. Warm the BBQ-drenched meatballs in the microwave (or on the stove-top if you prefer). Place 5 or so meatballs on the bottom half of each bun.

4. Top with the Sweet Miso Coleslaw and serve.


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Marly McMillen has a passion for life, family, vegan food, and names. She writes about all of these and more on her site at NamelyMarly. Marly’s podcast, NamelyMarly, can be found on iTunes, where she interviews people about their names. The people she interviews include famous authors, models, and even the people she meets at the park. Marly is also passionate about healthy food and shares vegan recipes as well.



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