Oct 23

Crockpot Lentil Sloppy Joes

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl + Jess from Hello To Fit to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Today’s theme = Kitchen Cleanse!

Hello, my friends! I am in rather joyous spirits because my nutrition elective was approved!!! I’ll be working with a dietitian who provides meal planning + preparation guidance for all ages, grocery store tours + money saving tips, specialized diet nutritional guidance, nutrition coaching for athletes, and Nutrigenomix testing!

I’m super excited, because, weird as it may seem, physicians really don’t get all that much in-depth training in nutrition. It’s something I’ve always been interested in (EXB 116: Nutrition For Physically Active Persons was actually the course that sent me packin’ my bags from a Biological Sciences major to an Exercise Biology major. …But I never got to take it because it was only offered every other year and…the professor who taught it went on sabbatical the year I was going to take it. Dash my hopes and dreams, would you!? ;_;

I’m also down another interview! :] I think it went well, partly because my housemate asked one of them how I did and she said it went well and that she liked me. We ended up talking ~15 minutes past each of the 3 1/2-hour slots allotted with each of my interviewers because we were having awesome conversations. Powerlifting is apparently a really great conversation topic, and they really liked the name of our med school band (The Vagal Tones)!


Long long ago, I obtained several bags of lentils for $1 each (yay for Manager’s Specials at Kroger!). …But for the longest time, I had no idea what the hecks to make with them. (Don’t judge me–I’d just never cooked with lentils before!) I don’t think I ever even had lentils until a couple years ago. :O

Crockpot Lentil Sloppy Joes


  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup red lentils
  • 3/4 cup green lentils
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • your choice of bread


  1. Combine all ingredients other than the bread/buns into crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until lentils are tender.
  2. Serve on bread!


End-of-Week-ish Recap!

  • For The Fit Dish, I shared some of my favorite songs/genres of music for my power playlist! If you’re stuck in a music rut and want some new songs to listen to, go check it out! 😀
  • The #BehindTheBlogger theme this time around was, “It will all make sense someday,” so I shared a piece of my life that I’ve never written about publicly. (I’ve never been much of a share-my-feelings type of person, so I really appreciate your kind words! <3)
  • It was National Nut Day yesterday, so we at The Recipe ReDux decided to celebrate with nut-themed recipes! Check out my recipe for Honey Nut Banana Milk, and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a bottle of Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter in the flavor of your choice! :]

  • What do you have wayyy too much of in your kitchen? I hope my next place-of-residence (student housing) has a kitchen! *-*
  • What are you doing this weekend? I’m crashing this weekend in New Jersey with one of my housemates from grad school! I haven’t seen her since I graduated, so I’m really excited about this semi-impromptu visit! :D! I’ll be going there again later on this year to interview, but it’s part of my 4-interviews-in-3-days-in-3-states mess, so I may be taking myself to a sushi buffet to eat the world this time around, since I definitely won’t have the time to do so then.

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  1. CARLA

    it took me AGES to get my child to try lentils–but now she loves em!
    with chances of 7-12 inches of rain here this weekend (!!!) these are perfect.
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    1. Farrah

      Oh goodness! D: Hope you stay dry and have an awesome weekend! <3

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Such a classic! I haven’t made my lentil sloppy joes in months, but they always satisfy!!! I love that you used the slow cooker 😉
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    1. Farrah

      I love any recipe that involves throwing it all in my slow cooker and having it ready a couple hours later! :D!

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    I want to like this because I like you buuuuut I don’t like lentils. I do love me some homemade sloppy Joe’s though. So instead I’m just going to do that and wish yt? luck on your interview!
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    1. Farrah

      I appreciate your wanting to like it! 😛

      Thank you! 😀 I think it went well–hoping the rest will be just as laidback! <3

  4. Annmarie

    This seriously would be the perfect thing to make for football Sundays. I love anything simple and slow cooked on the weekend 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Me too! 😀 The simpler the better!!

  5. rachel @ Athletic Avocado

    such a great way to eat lentils! what a lovely meatless meal!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Rachel! 😀 I love throw-everything-in-and-you’re-done recipes! 😀

  6. Alex

    I’ve been meaning to try some recipes with lentils ever since I cut my meat consumption way down, so I’ll keep this pinned to try out sometime soon.

    Have a great weekend Farrah 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! Let me know if you get a chance to try it! I hope you have an awesome weekend as well!

  7. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Oh Farrah – I so gotta try this! These spiced up lentil sloppy joes are my kinda sloppy joes!
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    1. Farrah

      Yayuh! <3 They were super tasty!

      I hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Yum I love sloppy joes and lentils – this is a combo made in heaven! I do a similar dish and it’s always gone faster than I expect!!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, sseriously! I thought it’d be good as a “bulk cooking” dish, but I finished it so quickly! 😡

  9. Laura

    mmm I love lentils! So good for you and such a great meat alternative (sloppy joes are a weakness of mine!)

    Congrats on your good interview and your Nutrition elective (which sounds right up my alley! I hope you post lots about stuff you learn!)

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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much! I will definitely be posting on what I learn! I hope she doesn’t get tired of all my questions! 😀 I’ve already compiled an arbitrary list, hahaha.

  10. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com

    Yum! I’m loving all of these fantastic recipes! Can’t wait to try them!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting this linkup!
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like em’! <3

  11. Jess @hellotofit

    I’ve never prepared lentils, either 😉 this looks like a nice fall dish!
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    1. Farrah

      This was my first attempt! 😀 Hopefully I’ll come up with something for the rest of them too…

  12. Esther

    Girl, that looks good! And I have never made lentils before! I think I am a bit scared of them…haha
    And congrats on getting a nutrition rotation! That sounds like an awesome opportunity!
    Hope your weekend is great!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Esther! I think I’d only tried em’ once or twice before this, so you’re not very far behind on the lentils front! 😛

      Thank you! I already have a fat list of questions I wanna ask her, haha. Super excited! 😀

      I hope you have an awesome weekend as well! <3

  13. Ariana

    This is great! I have tons of lentils and I’m never really sure what to do with them. Sometimes I’ll just boil them and throw them in salads, but they aren’t very fun :/ Thanks for the lentil-spiration! (New word for the weekend!)
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    1. Farrah

      I’ve never thrown em’ into my salads, but that might be a good way for me to use up the rest of em’! 😛 Thanks! 😀

  14. Amanda Nyx

    Ooooh that’s so exciting that you’re finally getting to take a nutrition class! Making your training well-rounded should be a valuable leg up once you’re out in the field! And so glad your interview went well! Finding those common interests is often the difference between being just another applicant and standing out when they’re thinking back on interviews! Good luck!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Amanda! :D! Very much agreed! I’m off to take the other half of my boards (last one for the rest of med school!!!) tomorrow morning! Can’t wait til it’s over!

  15. Harriet Emily

    I love sloppy joes! This lentil version sounds amazing Farrah, and such a great vegan friendly dish! I can’t wait to try this! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Harriet! 😀 I’ve been cutting out meat a lot lately to save money, so it works out! 😛

  16. Pragati // Simple Medicine

    I am a big fan of lentil Sloppy Joe’s! They are probably one of my favorite vegan subs for a meaty classic.
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    1. Farrah

      I’d never had em’ until recently, but I”m definitely a fan too! :D!

  17. Liz

    I love lentils—thanks for such a delicious new way to spice them up!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! <3!

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