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Mama Pea’s Vegan Sloppy Jo’s - Every Little Thing

Mama Pea’s Vegan Sloppy Jo’s

As much as I love going away for the weekend, I really do enjoy Sunday’s at home. It takes time to plan meals, clip coupons, and grocery shop! When I miss out on my Sunday planning sessions, I feel a bit unorganized for the week.


As much as I love grocery shopping, I hate going after work. Despise it! Alas, a fun weekend in Michigan meant I had to grocery shop today after work.

(I’ll have this week’s February Grocery Event post up soon!)

I had chosen a few difficult recipes for the week and didn’t have the time nor the energy to make any of them yesterday evening. However, I had Mama Pea’s Vegan Sloppy Josephines on the brain and decided to give them a shot!

My ingredients for 4-6 Jo’s included:

1 cup dried organic lentils (I used plain old green, from the bulk bin!)
4 cups organic vegetable broth
1/2 cup chopped organic onion (I’m sure we used a bit more)
2 cloves organic minced garlic
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp oregano
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup (half a can) tomato paste
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce*
1/4 cup all natural BBQ sauce
salt and pepper to taste

*I didn’t have vegan Worcestershire. Do you know what makes Worcestershire not suitable for vegan/vegetarian diets? Anchovies! Yes, there are anchovies in Worcestershire sauce. So technically, my recipe was only 99% vegan, but you get the idea!


Bring the vegetable broth to a boil and toss in your lentils. Cook until tender and/or they’ve soaked up the broth, about 30 minutes. Drain any excess and set aside.

Sauté the onion over medium heat until soft and just brown. Add the garlic, oregano, and chili powder and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Add your tomato sauce, paste, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire, and BBQ sauce. Stir to combine, then add lentils.

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Mix well, season to taste, and serve over toasted buns and pickles! We made bleu cheese coleslaw again to have on the side.

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It was delicious! Even the boys liked it. The lentils provide a nice meaty texture and when you put it on a bun with pickles and coleslaw on the side, you really can’t tell the difference. Very filling and warm for a cold evening!

Thanks, Mama Pea!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Question: What blogger do you look to for awesome recipes?

(Mama Pea can make a vegan version of anything!)


  1. Yum! Looks delicious! I would have probably just eaten it out of a bowl :d

  2. That looks really good!

    I have been meaning to ask you: where do you look for coupons, etc? The Sunday newspaper? Online? If you’ve already blogged about this and I missed it, I apologize!

  3. I love comfort food, especially this time of year and that looks amazing. Thanks for another great recipe 🙂

  4. These look so so good. Now that I know you’ve tried them and loved them, I’m going to have to definitely give them a spin.

  5. Hi Stacy. Found your blog through a comment left on HTP. This recipe sounds fabulous. I love using lentils. I’ll have to use a gluten-free bun though.

  6. I’ve honestly never been able to get into Sloppy Joes. I think it’s part texture and part just gross-out factor. Trust me, I’ve tried!

  7. I can’t wait to make this recipe myself!

  8. Those look amazing, and your’e right, Mama Pea knows her stuff! I go to How Sweet It Is for recipe inspiration a lot.

  9. That really does look so filling, satisfying, and warm for a cold winter night! I love a good lentil dish 🙂

  10. @Samantha – I definitely could have!

    @KT – I just subscribe to the Sunday paper and clip those, then google for specific products I’m looking for to see any online coupons. I also joined Horizon’s and Organic Valley’s website because I use a few of their products. Also, we have a Walgreen’s super close, so I always match up their sales with national coupons I get, because they let you double up bigtime! Hope that helps!

    @Charlotte – My pleasure!

    @Kori – Highly recommended!

    @Johanna – Thanks for stopping by! I hope you stick around 🙂

    @Monica – It’s ok, I’m not huge on BBQ sauce but it was pretty dang good.

    @Stephanie – Glad you liked it!

    @Amanda – I’ll have to check that site out!

    @Meg – It definitely fits all those criteria!

  11. Mama Pea makes some awesome recipes and I have loved every now that I’ve tried so far! Love her!

  12. Anonymous says:

    As someone who doesn’t eat meat anymore, this sounds like a fantastic fix on a childhood favorite for me!

    – Vanessa
    Project Zen

  13. @Amanda – She does!

    @Vanessa – It really resembles the real thing!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good to know! I’m actually going to make them tonight.

    – Vanessa
    Project Zen

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oh! Thanks for introducing me to “Mama Pea’s” blog! I really like how she got her entire family (even the children) on a cleaner, healthier eating regimen too. I will be following her blog!

    – Vanessa
    Project Zen

  16. @Vanessa – Did you end up making them? And yes, her blog is wonderful

  17. i HAVE to make these. yum-o. and the coleslaw! looks delish. does the texture really match up?

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