These “sloppy lentil lettuce wraps” are the perfect mix of hearty and refreshing! They’re a healthy take on a craving I had for traditional “sloppy joes” combined with my endless desire for adding more fresh greens to my diet. I should give a fair warning that they’re SUPER messy to eat but so so worth it! The prep time is minimal and they’re sure to please all taste pallets.
Serves approx. 3-4 ppl.
– 1 head of lettuce (romaine, red lettuce, green lettuce, butter lettuce, etc.)
– 1 cup whole green lentils
– 1/2 Tbsp. avocado oil
– 1 medium sized white onion
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 large carrot, finely chopped
– 3 tsp. chilli powder (or more depending on spice preferences)
– 2 tsp. cumin
– 2 tsp. paprika
– 1 tsp. black pepper
– 1 tsp. sea salt
– 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
– 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
– 2 tsp. tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
– 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
– 1.5 cups tomato sauce (I prefer using plain tomato sauce with no other spices in it)
– Optional garnishes: cashew parmesan, purple cabbage, watermelon raddish, or cilantro
– Cook lentils according to package directions. I use 2 cups water for 1 cup of lentils. Allow them to come to a boil, then simmer for 22-27 minutes. You will know the lentils are finished if they are slightly are fork tender. They shouldn’t be crunchy but you also don’t want to cook them to mush.
– Heat a medium sized pan or wok (preferably cast iron) with the avocado oil
– Add the onion and garlic to the pan
– Saute until onions are lightly browned (approx. 4-5 minutes)
– Next add the carrot and all spices and continue to saute for 3-4 minutes
– Now add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and Tamari, stirring throughout
– Next add the tomato paste and sauce to the pan allowing to simmer on low
– Once the lentils are finished cooking, strain and rinse them
– Add the strained lentils to the pot with the rest of the ingredients
– Allow mixture to simmer on low for at least 15 minutes. The longer you can simmer, the more the flavours will develop
– Prepare your lettuce wraps by setting individual pieces of lettuce out on a serving plate
– Once the lentil/ tomato mixture has simmered, remove from heat. Add a large scoop to each individual lettuce wrap
– Highly recommended you top with this incredibly delicious homemade cashew parmesan recipe!