Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes from Ancient Grains by Kim Lutz

[Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes provide the perfect comfort food meal! Plus, the recipe is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

Vegan, sugar-free, glutenfree teff lentil sloppy joes recipe

I’ve been planning to write this post for ages, but somehow one thing or another always seemed to intervene. Before I knew it, cold weather was upon us. . . and now it’s the perfect season for slow-cooked, warming stews and comfort foods. . . and also the perfect time to share!

My friend Kim Lutz recently published her fourth (!) book, Ancient Grains. It’s a beautiful tome, filled with homey, easy-to-make recipes that are filled with flavor–and are kid-pleasing, too.

Ancient Grains by Kim Lutz

The book opens with a chapter reviewing the different grains used in the book, such as farro, spelt, millet, oats, sorghum and teff. Next, Kim discusses why you’d want to use whole grains in the first place (hint: your health!) before moving to basic methods for cooking each of the grains (and popping sorghum–a great alternative to popcorn). Recipes cover everything from Breakfast, to Soups and Salads, to Entrees, to Baked Good and Desserts. The book rounds out the information with an FAQ chapter, which covers such topics as the difference between rolled and old-fashioned oats, why you should always cook millet before using it in dishes with tomatoes, or the nutrient content of the different grains.

Cooler weather means I’ve been craving all kinds of comfort foods, from warming casseroles to soups and stews or one-pot meals. There’s just something really grounding about those slow-cooked sauces and hearty flavors all melding and mingling together in a pot or crockpot.

sugarfree, candida diet, vegan teff lentil sloppy joes recipe

These Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes are the perfect comfort food. Teff, a tiny brown grain that’s high in protein, fairly melts into the sauce and really provides thickening without any clearly discernible flavor (and the grains are so small, you won’t notice them in the sauce, either). The HH loved this dish, as did I. We’ll be having them again through the winter months!

Other recipes I can’t wait to try include Portable Oatmeal (what a great idea!), Salsa-Millet Hash, Egg-Free French Toast (I’ll luse gluten-free bread), Nutty Granola, Tomato Soup, Brussels Sprouts-Millet Slaw, Potato-Millet Croquettes, Chickpea-Hemp Veggie Burgers, Chocolate Zucchini Cake (I’ll use coconut sugar) and Strawberry Oatmeal Ice Cream.

Note: while the book is not 100% gluten-free, there are many gluten-free recipes, and others that can easily be adapted. It would make a great addition to any plant-based kitchen.

As we move into the holiday season, be sure to grab some down time, curl up by the fire, and enjoy a plate of comforting, warming Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes from Ancient Grains!

Your turn: Have you tried teff, or any of the other ancient grains from the book? What did you think?

sugarfree, vegan, glutenfree teff lentil sloppy joes recipe

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  1. Which bread did you use? It looks tasty but the link to it isn’t working!

  2. Thank you for sharing, Ricki! I’m so glad you liked the Sloppy Joes! xoxo

  3. I love this recipe! Even my girlfriend who isn’t vegan loved it.

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