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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

A hearty, meatless dinner that your whole family will love. A quick, easy and healthy twist on classic Sloppy Joes.

Recipe created by Christine Pittman in partnership with Produce for Kids.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cups uncooked lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup no-salt-added ketchup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 whole wheat pitas


  1. Combine lentils and 5 cups of water into large pot, bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, and peppers and cook stirring occasionally 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, chilli powder, mustard, Worcestershire, ketchup, pumpkin, salt, pepper and lentils. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Microwave pitas on HIGH for 20 seconds. Place filling on one half of each pita and fold in half.

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Amber Gray

About the Author

Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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