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vegan pulled pork sandwich

The Best 4th of July Vegan 'Pulled Pork' Sandwich!

Need a good vegan BBQ idea for 4th of July?  This one is a winner!  Check out this healthy, 10 ingredient vegan 'pulled pork' sandwich!  It's loaded with tons of smoky and sweet flavor and packed with over 17 grams of PROTEIN per serving! 

This recipe takes about 42 minutes from start to finish and will have you and your friends asking for seconds!  Recipe below...

 

The Best Vegan 'Pulled Pork' Sandwich

 

Ingredients

 

LENTILS

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup green lentils (rinsed)

 

SEASONINGS / CARROTS

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sized white or yellow onion (minced // keep extra for serving)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed finely shredded/grated carrots
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or organic brown sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground paprika (smoked paprika is recommended)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper 
  • 3/4 cup vegan BBQ sauce (plus more for serving // (Annie’s Vegan Original BBQ sauce is amazing)
  • 2 Tbsp water

 

FOR SERVING

  • 4 medium gluten-free or whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • Finely chopped purple cabbage, carrot, and green onion (optional)

 

Instructions

    • In a small saucepan, add water and drained lentils and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 18 minutes, or until tender.

 

    • The water should have a constant simmer (not boil). Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

 

    • When the lentils are almost finished cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Once hot, add oil and onion and season with a pinch each salt and pepper (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Stir to combine, and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onions are tender and slightly browned.

 

  • Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, stirring occasionally - about 5-10 minutes.

 

  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more paprika for smokiness, salt for saltiness, coconut sugar for sweetness, or BBQ sauce for depth of flavor.

 

  • Optional: Scoop half of the mixture into a food processor and (using the "s" shaped blade) mix/pulse to mash some of the lentils and carrots together. This creates a more cohesive texture, which I prefer.

 

  • Serve the mixture on toasted buns of choice with toppings of choice. We recommend shredded red cabbage, carrots, and sliced green onions. Serve with extra BBQ sauce for more flavor.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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