cooking · Dinner

Snobby Joes

Flipping through a copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, I happened upon page 98 and saw “Snobby Joes” and decided to try that out for dinner tonight. I didn’t have any rolls on hand, instead I use slices of toasted Dave’s Killer Bread. Almost anything with DKB is good 😉 As always there were a couple of variations to the original recipe (didn’t feel like driving to town!). It was very tasty though and did I mention that toasted DKB is way better than some old half stale kaiser roll from the grocery store? PS: Costco sells DKB for way cheap, so just go get some 😀

I am getting a feel for Veganomicon. I am still on the fence on my thoughts about it. I liked this recipe, I need to try out a couple more though before I say I “heart” it!

Snobby Joes


  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup frozen bell pepper strips, diced (or 1 fresh bell pepper, seeded and diced)
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic (jarred) or 2 fresh cloves, diced
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp chile powder (used 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp kosher salt (recipe called for 1 tsp)
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained and then purée (recipe called for 8 ounce can tomato sauce)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste (about half a 6 ounce can)
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices Dave’s Killer Bread (or rolls)


Pick over the lentils for any field debris then wash thoroughly to remove dust. Add to a large saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover loosely and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring periodically, until the lentils are soft.

In a large non-stick skillet heat the oil over medium heat, add in the onion and pepper, cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add in the spices and cook for a minute, then add the tomatoes and tomato paste, stirring till smooth.

Drain the lentils and gently stir in. COver and turn to medium-low and let cook gently for about 10 minutes.

Stir in the maple syrup and mustard, heat though.

Meanwhile toast the bread (on a baking sheet in a 350° oven for a couple of minutes on each side) and then top with the lentils.

Serves 4.


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