a woodbeck household staple recipe || lentil sloppy joes


We first discovered this new meal option when our brother & sister-in-law made it for us as a part of their “week of dinners” gift when Vienna was born. Let me just take a moment to say, that was a GLORIOUS week. Their gift was probably one of my favorites and I’m sure any new parents would appreciate such a gift! Each night we were given two meal options for dinner the next night. It was so great to be able to choose our own menu for dinner and have it delivered to us! Ah, those were the days.

Anyway, back to this recipe. It is easy, quick, and (obviously) vegetarian-friendly.

What you will need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup organic/natural dried brown lentils
  • 1 organic carrot, diced
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 can Manwich sloppy joe sauce
  • slice of white onion (optional)
  • mustard (optional)
  • hamburger buns


  • In a large saucepan, combine water and lentils. Stir lightly. Bring to a boil. Once water begins to boil, add diced carrot (or to save a step, add carrot with water and lentils). Turn heat to medium/medium-low and let lightly boil for 15-20 minutes. Drain lentils and carrots. Return saucepan to oven and add brown sugar and Manwich. Stir mixture, allowing sugar to melt and lentils to be covered generously with Manwich sauce.
  • Warm or toast hamburger buns (if you prefer), serve lentil mixture on bun, top with onion slices and mustard. Done!

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Enjoy! (And thanks to my husband for being a hand model 😉 )

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