Sloppy Veggie Sandwiches


A modern twist on an old-fashioned favorite gets a vegetarian twist with lentils substituted in for the ground beef. But since the flavors are the same, your family might never even notice the healthy upgrade.

Sloppy Veggie Sandwiches
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 sandwiches


  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)

  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)

  • cup brown lentils, rinsed and drained

  • cup uncooked regular brown rice

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 14 ounce can vegetable or chicken broth

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns or French-style rolls, split and toasted


  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine carrots, celery, lentils, uncooked brown rice, onion, brown sugar, mustard, salt, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Stir in broth.

  2. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir in tomato sauce and vinegar. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more.

  3. To serve, spoon lentil mixture into toasted buns.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
4g Fat
50g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1036mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 323mg 7%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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