Lentil Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

23 Sep

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Autumn is here!  And that means one thing to me: comfort food!  I don’t think this recipe could be any more comforting… tater tots, hearty lentils, and gooey cheese.  Yum.

This month for The Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Amy’s blog: The Savvy Kitchen.

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The recipe was inspired by Amy’s Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole and my recipe for sloppy joe.

Lentil Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Serves 4-6

 

1/2 cup dry lentils, cooked according to package directions

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 large sweet onion, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1/2 large zucchini, diced

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard

1/2 cup yellow corn

2/3 cup vegan cheese (I use Daiya brand mozzarella)

About 2 cups tater tots, cooked according to the package directions

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cook the tater tots.

In a large nonstick sauté pan, heat the oil over low-medium heat.  Sauté the onions until translucent, then add the red bell pepper and zucchini.  Cook a few minutes until tender.  Add the chili powder, dried oregano, sea salt, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and stir well; add in the lentils then corn, stir well.  Turn off the heat then stir in the maple syrup and yellow mustard.

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Spread the mixture evenly on the bottom of a 7 x 11 baking dish, top with cheese and then layer the tater tots evenly in a single layer.  Turn the oven heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20 minutes.  Serve and enjoy immediately.

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8 Responses to “Lentil Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole”

  1. Karen @ Lavender and Lovage September 23, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    The perfect SRC recipe for the cooler weather we have been having – LOVE this! Hi! I am new to group C and am enjoying doing the rounds this morning! Karen

  2. Rhonda September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Tater tot casserole, hooray! What a great kid friendly (and adult) meal.

  3. Heather September 23, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    What great fresh ingredients you have added to this tator tot casserole ! Looks like a perfect combo of flavors.

  4. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) September 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Yum – I would have never thought to put tater tots and lentils together in a recipe but it looks like it totally works :)

  5. authenticsuburbangourmet September 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    What an interesting dish – love the spin you put on a traditional dish. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  6. cinnamonfreud September 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    I just bought some tater tots to use in another casserole recipe. Will definitely by trying this one next- looks good.

  7. teaandscones September 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    This does look fallish and comforting. Yum!

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