Pressure Cooker BBQ Sloppy Joes (Vegan, Dairy and GF!)

A delicious and easy fall recipe that is savory, has a little bit of spice, is low glycemic, and is loaded with fiber and protein. This is a perfect throw together feast for a Sunday Night Football gathering or a weekday meal that can be easily stored and reheated for healthy lunches.

The lentils are packed to the brim with iron, fiber, folate, maganese, and polyphenols. They are an extremely nutritious and inexpensive sources of protein that boast heart healthy benefits. 

Enjoyable by both kids and adults, these Pressure Cooker BBQ Sloppy Joes are a quick, easy, and delicious meal prepared in under 30 minutes that can be adapted to a gluten free diet and is naturally vegan, meatless and dairy free.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can easily make this on the stove by cooking the lentils in a separate pot and sautéing the onions, carrots, green peppers, and garlic. Combine in a large pot and add in the extra ingredients. I used these Whole Grain Burger Buns by Silver Hill, these are my personal favorite but any bun will work! I also used this Worcestershire Sauce by Annies as it is vegan friendly (no anchovies are used), but you may use whatever works for you!

*special safety note: please follow the instructions for your specific pressure cooker!

Pressure Cooker BBQ Sloppy Joes

A delicious and easy fall recipe that is savory, naturally sweet, and loaded with fiber and protein. This is a perfect throw together feast for a Sunday Night Football gathering or a weekday meal that can be easily stored and reheated for healthy lunches.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, bean, healthy, meatless, plant based, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dry brown or green lentils
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP worcestershire sauce  If vegan, use Annies or one w/o anchovies
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 to 8 whole wheat hamburger rolls or gluten free
  • optional toppings: caramelized onions, shredded red cabbage, pickled jalapeños, olives, and/or condiments

Instructions
 

  • Turn the pressure cooker on and set to the sauté function on for 15 minutes over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once heated, add onion; cook until translucent, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. stirring frequently. Add the carrot and green peppers and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Once the vegetables are tender, add garlic and cook until aromatic, approximately 2 minutes. Turn off sauté.
  • Add water, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, lentils, worcestershire sauce, coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Stir to combine and put the lid on the pressure cooker, making sure to lock it properly and turn the valve to the sealed position.
  • Turn on the beans setting and set the cook time to 20 minutes, hit the start button. Once complete, let the pressure cooker sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn the valve to the vent position and wait for the float valve to return to its starting position. Remove the lid and serve on a bun, adding the desired toppings. Enjoy!
Keyword healthy dinner, lentil sloppy joes, meatless sloppy joes, plant based, pressure cooker, slow cooker, vegan sloppy joes
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