1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1/2 -1 Green bell pepper, diced small (Really small)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chili powder (more to taste)
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey, in a pinch)
1 Tbsp yellow mustard (If you like gross things. I personally leave it out.)
Whole Wheat rolls or hamburger buns
Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.
Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard (yuck) and heat through.
Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes so that the flavors can meld. Or eat immediately if you can't wait.