We’ve all heard of sloppy Joe but have you ever tried sloppy Lenny? Sloppy Lenny is one of my favorite, quick prep, healthy meals. He’s just as tasty and hearty as Joe but is stuffed with fiber from lentils and lean protein from turkey.
I’m all about easy meals where all of the food groups I need are just in one or two components of the meal. To make this happen, I added in some affordable frozen peas and carrots. Speaking of affordable, these days with sky high produce costs and a challenging job market, some may think that eating healthy is not possible, but that’s just not true!
Including pulses and frozen vegetables into everyday meals are an extremely easy way to add nutrition without breaking the bank. When we went shopping, our total cost was $15.63, this included a bottle of ketchup and a bag of lentils that was not fully used (but did not include the cost of spices since we’ve always got those at home). Accounting for the cost of spices and unused ketchup and lentils, the approximate meal cost came to $14.30. Divide this by an average of 7 portions (since the recipe makes 6-8 portions), and the cost comes to $2.04 per serving for a healthy, delicious meal.
A few of my favorite ways to incorporate these affordable, nutrition packed pulses into meals are:
- Adding lentils or canned and rinsed legumes to soups and stews
- Preparing a quick 15 minute dinner with canned black beans and corn added to sautéed vegetables in splash of tomato sauce, wrapped up as a burrito with salsa and cheese
- Topping salads with lentils, kidney beans or chick peas for protein and fiber
- Whipping up a big batch of bean salad with green beans, chick peas, kidney beans, diced onions and bell peppers in a simple home-made vinaigrette
Let us know how you like to use pulses in your meals and what your family thinks of these Sloppy Lennys!
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.