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Sloppy Joes is one of those meals that I never think I’m all that interested in. I don’t know why but it just never sounds like something I’d really want.
Of course, that all changes if Sloppy Joes are sitting right in front of me! I take a bite and wonder why in the world I don’t make them more often!
Growing up, I’ve always associated Soppy Joes as being a canned product. Thankfully the whole meal doesn’t come in a can but the main sauce part… the part that makes it Sloppy Joes and not just a crumbly hamburger does come in a can.
I was fine with that until a few years ago when I realized that cans are lined with BPA. On top of the hormone effecting BPA, there’s also the fact that whatever is in the can, is not really natural. It’s often full of high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and the like.
The other day, I did it! I made homemade Sloppy Joes.
It seemed obvious once I started. It’s a pretty simple recipe when you think about it. Meat and a yummy sauce and you put it all on a bun. Easy.
Of course, I wanted it to be healthy so we used grassed beef, organic tomato paste, and honey. There’s no more worry about what is in my Sloppy Joes because I know just exactly what is in them!
Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes
1 Tbs. oil
3-4 garlic cloves – minced
1/2 cup onions – chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper – chopped
1 lb ground beef (grass-fed and organic preferably)
1 7oz jar of tomato paste
1 tsp prepared yellow mustard
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. molasses
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
Heat large skillet over medium, add oil, garlic, onions, and peppers. Saute until garlic is golden.
Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
Add remaining ingredients to pan and mix well.
Cook for 10 minutes and then serve on your favorite rolls or buns.
Serves: 6-8 (depending on how messy you like your Sloppy Joes!)
Sloppy Joes are such a crowd pleasing, kid friendly meal! It’s no wonder that everyone loves them!