Sloppy Lennys and Coleslaw – A Vegan Yum

Do you remember sloppy joes? Did you mom make them, as mine did, or do you remember them from school lunch? I loved the sauce on my mother’s sloppy joes, though even then I didn’t like the texture or idea of the beef. Now, I can have the sauce yum without the meat gag.

For a rainy Memorial Day lunch, we cooked up some Sloppy Lennys and made a crunchy vegan coleslaw to go with it, along with chips and fruit. Delicious!

Sloppy Lennys

Ingredients

1 lb dry lentils
Water or broth to cook lentils
2 T olive oil
1 large onion – diced
1 red or green pepper – diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 can tomato paste
2 cups tomato puree or sauce
1 t worcestershire sauce
1 t liquid smoke
1 T chili powder
1 t smoked paprika
1 t hot sauce of your choice
2 T balsamic vinegar
3-5 T molasses, agave, or maple syrup
Sea salt to taste

Process

Cook lentils by covering in water or broth (about 1 inch higher than lentils), bringing to boil, and letting boil gently for 15-20 minutes. They should still be al dente. Save broth/water when you drain them.

Saute onions, peppers, and garlic in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients (not lentils yet) and mix well. Simmer 5 minutes. Add lentils. As they finish cooking, you will need to add the vegetable broth/water to maintain the level of sauciness you would like.

When lentils are cooked to your desired tenderness, serve on buns or bread.

 

Vegan Coleslaw

Ingredients

4 cups shredded green and red cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
Diced onion if desired
2 cups vegan mayo
2 T apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Process

Mix ingredients above. Refrigerate several hours or (preferably) overnight. Serve beside, or on, sloppy lennys!

Easy Vegan Nacho Cheese

Vegan nacho cheese. Can it be done? Yes, it really can! This recipe will have you telling others that it’s “not yo cheese!”


Ingredients

  • 2 cups potatoes, diced large
  • 1 cup carrots, diced large
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes (but to be completely honest I always double the serving of nutrional yeast in all my recipes)

Optional Additions

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika/smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp vegan chicken-style seasoning

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes and carrots in water until soft
  • Blend potatoes, carrots, water, oil, and seasonings on high in a blender until the ‘cheese’ is smooth
  • I enjoy eating it with only tortilla chips, but it can be used in Mexican dishes, on pasta, or as a topping!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bliss Balls

Blissful is an understatement. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted and softened dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings or Add-Ins:

  • Coconut
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Chocolate nibs or chips

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. The consistency should be sticky and moldable.

Roll in coconut, nuts, or chocolate for a professional finish.

(If you want just chocolate bliss balls, omit the peanut butter. If you want peanut butter bliss balls, omit the cocoa powder.)