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The secret ingredient to healthier Sloppy Joes

Stacie Billis, mother of two boys, cookbook author and managing editor of Cool Mom Eats, is proud to say that she cooks dinner for her family at least five nights a week. In order to do this, alongside preparing breakfasts, lunches and snacks to keep her family going, Billis focuses on simple crowd-pleasing dishes for her crew.

And inspiration for these meals comes from all over. Billis recently saw a recipe on Buzzfeed’s Tasty from a TODAY Food Club Challenge for slow-cooked beef, and thought she could put her own spin on it to create Sloppy Joes for her family. She included cooked lentils in the beef mixture for a healthier take on the delightfully sloppy dish. Check out her recipe below.

Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes

Serves 4-6


1 lb. ground beef

1 tbs. neutral oil, such as grapeseed

1/2 cup chopped onion (from about 1/2 medium-size onion)

2 tsp. minced garlic (from about 2 cloves)

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 10 3/4-ounce can Campbell's condensed Tomato Soup

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 15-ounce can lentils, drained and rinsed (you can substitute 1 cup dried lentils, cooked according to package instructions)

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Rolls, for serving

Fresh cilantro or parsley, to top (optional)


1. Add beef to a deep skillet set over medium heat. Cook, breaking up the beef with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside. Pour out and discard the grease from the pan.

2. Return the pan to medium heat and add oil. Swirl to coat the bottom and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder; stir to coat the onion and garlic with the spices and cook for about 1 minute.

3. Add the tomato soup and mustard. Fill the emptied tomato soup can with water and add the water to the pan, as well. Stir to combine. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Return the meat and add the cooked lentils to the pan. Stir to combine and heat through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to paste. Serve immediately on toasted rolls, topped with cilantro or parsley, if desired.

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