Hey guys! Just a quick, super delicious recipe for you today. Its’s Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joe Sweet Potatoes! Aka my new favorite go-to dinner for summertime.
It’s especially perfect for these cool, Virginia afternoons freckled with sudden thunderstorms.
I spent the last week hanging out solo because Logan was killing it at Firefly selling cold brew coffee (he SOLD OUT!!!). So major congrats to my husband! Sometimes his crazy ideas end up being genius ideas. I’m so proud of him!!! What a freakin’ champ.
To celebrate I’m taking him out on a fancy date to MAS this week. Time to pop a nice bottle of wine and go full-tilt on stuffing ourselves with expensive Spanish tapas. Oh and you bet I’m setting up some massages for him because that man is exhausted and sore as hell.
We’ve been eating these sloppy joe stuffed sweet potatoes for dinner for the last couple of days. Logan gives them the double thumbs up on deliciousness factor. And I couldn’t agree more.
You guys remember sloppy joes right? I’m on a bit of a camp-food kick right now. Last week it was beanie weenie mac n cheese. This week it’s sloppy joe inspired dinner magic. What’s next, some sort of towering grilled cheese mania?!
All of my memories of sloppy joe’s involve mess halls reverberating with deafening, jovial tween conversations. Hot dogs were definitely on the menu, as were potato chips and soda. I recall feelings of both pleasure and disgust regarding my oozing mound of sloppy joe sauce nestled between white hamburger buns. Fries on the side, of course.
I remember the flavor: savory, sweet, meaty. Sort of like chili without all of the bells and whistles. That’s code for “without vegetables.” Welcome to America.
So, as a raging protest against everything that is oh-so wrong with the sloppy joe’s of my youth, I made a hippie dip version that’s downright delicious! And, better yet, my lentil sloppy joe filling is stuffed into roasted sweet potatoes. And then you eat your vegan lentil sloppy joe sweet taters like hot dogs! Skin and all, totally utensil free. It’s messy… dare I say… sloppy? In the BEST way!
The lentil sloppy joe filling is savory, meaty and satisfying. My version is more complex — flavor-wise — than the original. With a dash of cinnamon, shallots instead of white onion, balsamic vinegar and crushed tomatoes. It’s just as easy as the sloppy joe mix we all know and love. But 1000 times better for you (and for the planet, duh).
Obviously I like it best stuffed into tender sweet potatoes and topped with mounds of vegan chipotle mayo and avocado. But it’s delicious all on its own, piled between two slices of seedy, toasted bread.
This recipe makes just a bit more filling than you’ll need to fill four sweet potatoes. But who’s complaining about leftovers?
P.s. the creamy mayo in the pictures is called Fabanaise and it’s made with aquafaba and sunflower oil! It’s AMAZING. Not sponsored, just a lil tip from me to you.