Healthy Sloppy Joes

I was doing a little spring cleaning this weekend, and decided to look at the elusive middle shelf of my snack cabinet. You know the one that is somehow always disorganized and packages frequently fall straight for your face if you accidentally touch anything? It's also the one where you have no idea what is actually in the back of it, because it's too much work to explore... Yeah, that one.

I decided to tackle this shelf and make it a mission to actually eat the food on it. After fighting off a bag of walnuts that REFUSED to stay put... I found a can of plum tomatoes that I know has been there for at least 6 months (but luckily it expires in 2019, we're still good!). I totally forgot it was even back there (middle shelf problems), but decided using this can was my first challenge. 

The weather is also warming up, which reminds me of eating dinner in my backyard as a kid. And thinking about kid food made me think of Sloppy Joes. And then I realized that I hadn't had them in AGES, like not since high school, but they are delicious. But the Sloppy Joe cans are chock-full of high fructose corn syrup, MORE sugar, and lots of preservatives. So I decided to make up my own recipe. 

These are SO GOOD. I ate two without even blinking, and your kids will love them. No one will know they are healthy! 

Time Allotment: 

5 minute prep | 25 minute total cook time

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 1/4 cup of easy tomato sauce (or your favorite store brand) 
  • 3 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 carrots, or handful of shredded carrots chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped 
  • 1 small red peppers, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Directions: 

  1. Heat olive oil in pan.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 min, then add onions, carrots, and peppers. 
  3. Cook for 5-6 minutes and remove from pan. 
  4. In the same pan, add ground beef and season with layer of salt and pepper. 
  5. Cook until all pink is gone. 
  6. Add cooked veggies and remaining ingredients to meat and stir. 
  7. Lower heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture thickens. 
  8. Serve with whole wheat buns, or bread of your choice, AND ENJOY! 

I had a nice little walk down memory lane eating these, and will certainly keep this recipe in the rotation. The olive oil and soy sauce are missing from the ingredient picture, sorry, blonde moment as I was shooting today.