These Lentil Squash Sloppy Joe'sare a healthy spin on this classic recipe. Lentils are an economical, plant-based protein source packed with soluble fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol levels and optimize digestive health.
2 acorn squash (halved, seeds removed)
2 tablespoons olive oil (1 tbsp per squash)
1 teaspoon salt (1/2 teaspoon per squash)
1 cup green or red lentils
3 cups water
Sloppy Joe Mixture
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
2 cups cooked lentils (green or red) OR 500g extra lean ground turkey
1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce of choice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tableespooon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Garnish: 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
Drizzle the inside of the squash with about one tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of salt.
Turn the squash flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment and roast for 25 to 35 minutes. Flip the squash over and bake for another five minutes.
Add one cup of green lentils to three cups of water in a saucepan and boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, and drain excess water.
Sloppy Joe Sauce
Place olive oil on a pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, garlic and bell pepper. Sauté for about seven minutes, stirring frequently until softened and golden brown.
Add the lentils to the pan, followed by tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder, cumin smoked paprika and S&P.
Cook for another three to five minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the lentils.
Scoop the meat into each acorn squash and top with a quarter cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Place the squash under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.