These simple vegan sloppy joes are seriously delicious! This recipe combines lentils and spelt berries to give the sandwich a meaty texture. These ingredients are then slowly simmered in a flavorful sloppy joe sauce that is absolutely fantastic!

Spelt Berry and Lentil Sloppy Joes [Vegan]

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup spelt berries, cooked
  • 1/2 cup green lentils, cooked
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sprouts


  1. In a medium-size pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery and season with chili powder, sweet paprika, celery seed, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix everything well and cook it for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook it for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato sauce, lentils, spelt berries, and sugar.
  6. Mix everything well, reduce the heat, and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken up, which is what you want.
  7. Remove the sauce from the heat and scoop about 1/4 cup of the sauce on your bun, top this with sprouts.


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