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Open-faced Veggie Melt

Last weekend I made sloppy veggie sandwiches in the crock pot. The result was tasty, but way too messy, even for a sloppy joe! It also tasted nothing like a sloppy joe, so I felt misled by the name. Darn you, ground beef, and your gustatory memories! I decided the recipe needed a little altering, and that it worked much better as an open-faced sandwich, hence the new not-so-creative name! This is  my minimally adapted version of Better Homes and Gardens recipe.

Will loved these sandwiches, much to my surprise. He ate a whole sandwich, used a fork for all the filling the slipped out of the bun, and then asked for more. Had we not run out of time, I think he would’ve eaten a third. Granted, he’s been chowing nonstop the past week (another growth spurt is on the horizon– he’ll wake up three inches taller tomorrow morning). But even a fast-growing 6-year-old won’t eat that much of something if he doesn’t actually enjoy it!

This recipe could be varied by serving on nachos, and would be especially yummy as a tostada. Mmm… all of a sudden I’m wishing I hadn’t just finished off the leftovers!

Prep time: 15 minutes   Cook time: 3 1/2 hours   Approx cost: So darn cheap it’s not even worth adding up!

Open-faced Veggie Melt

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup dry lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup regular brown rice (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1- 14 oz can vegetable broth
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • buns
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese (the sharper, the better!)

Combine carrots, celery, lentils, uncooked brown rice, onion, garlic, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and red pepper in crock pot. Stir in broth. Cover; cook on high heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until rice and lentils are done. Stir in tomato sauce and vinegar; cover and cook 30 minutes more. Spoon mixture onto buns, top with cheese, and broil until cheese is melted and buns are toasted.

Serves 4


April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Learning to Love Lentils, Recipes, Vegetarian | ,

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