Hello from beautiful Napa Valley! I spent the better area of the weekend on the Culinary Institute of America with the united states Dry Pea & Lentil Council studying pulses, cooking within their gorgeous kitchens, and gaining some serious skills in gluten free/grain free cooking!

Before we enter the recipe, you may be curious about the term ‘pulses’. Essentially, pulses are dried out peas, lentils, coffee beans and chickpeas and may be eaten a number of different ways. (Remember these black bean brownies ? SO GOOD and you also can’t even flavor the coffee beans!)

This past weekend I learned that pulses can aid in weight and stomach fat loss, heart disease prevention, and reduce your risk for several forms of cancer. Amazing, right? I’m also a huge fan from the nourishment pulses can boost your diet with. Each providing of pulses can contain up to 10g of plant-based protein, plenty of fibers, folate, iron and potassium.

If you’re thinking about learning more, you can take the pulse pledge (which is committing to feeding on a serving of pulses every week) at !

This specific recipe was made because of my insane love for sloppy joes! I know it noises strange, however the flavor of the sauce is definitely full of comfort for me personally. It reminds me of my childhood and everytime I eat sloppy joes I’m convinced that I need to make a SJ food truck. Anyone else?

Needless to say, in true Ambitious Kitchen fashion I’m all about taking a traditional formula then adding a creative twist, and making it as healthful (but still as delicious) as you possibly can! This week’s challenge: Develop a vegetarian sloppy joe recipe with lentils instead of beef and use a homemade sauce from nothing (NO MANWICH)!

Mission accomplished.

The lentils within this recipe add such a great meat-like texture, and so are simply perfect served on spaghetti squash with just a little extra sauce. I understand most people most likely think about sloppy joes on buns, but I’ve been having a major crush on seasonal squash lately and couldn’t withstand throwing it all in the decrease cooker together.

Amazingly, you wouldn’t believe how filling, cheap and easy this meal is. The 15g of plant-based protein and fiber help to keep you full and satisfied as the gradual cooker makes prepping this food less than ten minutes! I highly recommend this formula for any weeknight- it creates great leftovers for lunch time the very next day too!

Content eating! xo.

Prep time:

10 mins

Cook time:

4 hours

Total period:


1 white onion, finely diced

1 crimson pepper, finely diced

1 carrot, thinly chopped up (carrot is optional)

3 cloves garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 1/2 cups water, plus more if necessary

2 tablespoons organic ketchup

1 spaghetti squash, washed


In a large slow cooker, add all ingredients except spaghetti squash. Mix to combine.

Slice the washed spaghetti squash in two around the middle and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves encounter down within the sluggish cooker right on top of the lentils. Cover and make on high for 4 hours or until squash is definitely tender and lentils are prepared completely. When the lentils appear dry in any way, just stir in a few water until it reaches a nice heavy, consistency.

Remove spaghetti squash and shred inside using a fork. Divide among bowls and add lentil sloppy joe topping. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, if desired. Acts 4-6 depending on how hungry you are. Nutrition information provided is dependant on recipe consistently divided between 4 people.

How to proceed unless you possess a slow cooker: I would assume you could just cook the lentils on the stove top within the sauce instead of on a slow cooker. Saute vegetables with a small amount of olive oil, then add in the rest of the ingredients, provide to a boil, cover, reduce heat to moderate and simmer until lentils are sensitive – about 35-45 mins. Uncover and cook longer if more liquid must be absorbed.

To cook spaghetti squash: Cut in two, scoop out seeds, and put on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 levels F for 45 minutes to at least one 1 hour.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Photography by: Sarah Fennel

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This is my sort of meal!! LOVE!

I was fortunate to have visited CIA in Napa twice, still can’t believe it. What a really amazing experience, not to mention beautiful area. So fun and like this recipe! I’m such an enormous lover of lentils and peas!

Mine needed more than 4 (. 5) hours, but I needed another meal lined up for my sluggish cooker so I had to move the procedure out to the range. The lentils weren’t as performed as I love, and it had been even more soupy than sloppy (despite the fact that I drained my tomato vegetables and only do a cup and a half of water, didn’t add even more). I ended up nuking the spaghetti squash for five extra a few minutes (it was just a little one too) and place all of those other contents from the crock container in a share container to simmer uncovered for 25 a few minutes to thicken factors up. Also, I was raised on Manwich, therefore i added a few packets of stevia for a small amount of that older familiar sweetness.

It’s a very tasty formula, but I think next time I’ll miss the slow cooker method and do it all stove best/oven.

For reasons uknown, reviewing this on my phone isn’t letting me give it any fewer than 5 celebrities, though I tried to give it 4.

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