Lentil Sloppy Joes (Vegan)

Full disclaimer: I am not a sleep specialist (in fact, I’m about as far away from a sleep specialist as one can be), but I venture to claim there are three main types of exhaustion: the good, the bad and the ugly. 

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes // www.WithTheGrains.com

The ugly is the deep, bone-numbing exhaustion of sadness, when sleep is a necessity and an escape from reality. Being awake means facing the puffy eyes of sorrow and the horrible waves of realization that the nightmare is real. Bad exhaustion is the run-of-the-mill result of irresponsible bedtime habits, the consequences of a night too thoroughly enjoyed, or giving too much of yourself for someone else’s cause, i.e.: “yeah, I’m going to need you to come in this weekend.”

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes // www.WithTheGrains.com

The good type of exhaustion comes from giving of yourself in a fulfilling way- giving life to an idea that had lodged in the brain long past checkout hours, volunteering for a good cause, making art, etc. Lately, I’ve been exhausted in the good way. I have given my all to projects of the heart while juggling the bill-paying sorts of projects, and I feel proud of that (albeit slightly guilty for neglecting this here blog a tad). 

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes // www.WithTheGrains.com

To extend this classification game even further, I argue the same categories describe vegan food. The ugly- I’m looking at you tofurkey! The bad- the general array of over processed products masquerading as processed meats- why fake bologna, why? Seitan plus liquid smoke in NO way equals bacon! NO THANK YOU! The good? Legume and vegetable heavy dishes that leave you in a similar state of disbelief as when you discovered some standard looking white person was Canadian. They fool us every time!

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes // www.WithTheGrains.com

These sloppy joes are the good kind of vegan. They’re healthier than the originals yet still fill you with all the comforts of childhood. After all, slap enough ketchup on something, and it’s sure to rekindle some element of childhood, right? (I’m fairly certain Heinz invented sloppy joes. They’re really just ketchup carriers.) Even though they pack a meaty taste, they don’t feel like imposters in the way fake bacon does, so dig in meat eaters and vegans alike. Then, get some sleep!

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Lentil Sloppy Joes (Vegan)
Adapted from truRoots

About This Recipe: Lentils pack enough meaty flavor to make these sloppy joes taste like the real thing. Be sure to use an organic ketchup to avoid corn syrup and excess sugar. This is a good way to use some of those last peppers from the garden.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Bacon, Mushrooms & Kale (Gluten Free)

What this recipe is not:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

  1. A tool for teaching an ESL student the culinary significance and the translation of the word “pizza.” It is not that.
  2. A pizza to offer to someone who is *legitimately gluten free but who has tasted pizza at its most glutinous, doughiest, finest. It is not that. (*legitimately gluten free, not one of those, “oh, I”m off the gluten now” types who clearly still has muffin crumbs on his or her lips from breakfast. You can offer this as pizza to them).
  3. A new contender to go into the ring with Chicago and New York. It is not that.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

What this recipe is:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

  1. An interesting way to eat more cauliflower. It is that.
  2. Practically a corn-free polenta. It is that.
  3. A recipe you can make on a weeknight and feel really proud of the effort you invested in your dinnertime. It is that.
  4. Good. It is really good. But it’s hardly a pizza. 
  5. A vehicle for bacon. It is that. Unless you’re gluten free and vegan. Then, don’t even get me started. 

So if you’re still on board with this cauliflower [non]pizza, proceed. The recipe awaits!

Bon Appétit!

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Bacon, Mushrooms and Kale
serves:
2-3

About This Recipe: Though closer in consistency to a thicker polenta, this cauliflower “crust” is a good way to eat your favorite pizza toppings while eating more cauliflower. It’s gluten free, so it’s a safe bet for feeding a crowd. By changing the slice size or shape, you could alter this to be a crowd-pleasing appetizer.  

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