Two Dollar Tuesday: Sloppy Lentil Bowl

So the month of January was pitiful in the blogging front with a total of one post. As much as I love blogging, between school and work if I don’t have some sort of self-set deadline or specific date I’m shooting for I totally forget about making it a priority.

Because of this, while at work one day I drew inspiration from our weekly drink specials names. That’s why I’m starting some new weekly themed posts. These will be Two Dollar Tuesdays with recipes that are less than $2 per serving, Thirsty Thursday about different drink recipes, and Slow Saturday about slow cooker recipes.

The first Two Dollar Tuesday is kicking off with a recipe combining two of the cheapest and tastiest items you can get: lentils and rice. On a side note, all of the prices are from my local Aldi’s and Publix, so the recipe costs may vary depending on where you live.

Sloppy Lentil Bowl

Total cost: $3.41
Cost per serving: 85 cents
Servings per recipe: 4


1 cup uncooked brown rice (33 cents)
2 cups water
2 tablespoons light olive oil (20 cents)
1 green bell pepper, chopped (56 cents)
1 yellow onion, chopped (31 cents)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (22 cents)
1 cup brown lentils (40 cents)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (25 cents)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (6 cents)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (36 cents)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (2 cents)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (11 cents)
2 teaspoon chili powder (26 cents)
1 teaspoon cumin (23 cents)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste (.5 cents)
1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste (10 cents)


In a small pot, bring the 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the brown rice and cook until the water absorbed and the rice is fluffy.

While the rice is cooking, bring the olive oil to medium-high heat in a medium pot. Add in bell pepper and onions and saute until translucent and soft. Add in minced garlic and continue cooking until it’s golden brown.

Stir in all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower to medium heat. Cook until the lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

To serve, evenly divide the rice between 4 bowls and top each with 1 cup of the sloppy lentils.

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