Sloppy Joes is sweetened and sautéed ground protein and vegetables. It’s very easy to whip up in a large frying pan and it’s goes well in between sandwich rolls (in the photo), sandwich rounds, on top of mashed cauliflower, or in a warm bowl on it’s own. It also pairs well with creamy coleslaw and no-corn cornbread.
I have a recipe for Sloppy Joes in my cookbook, The Healthy Coconut Flour Cookbook, but I decided to change up the recipe a bit to make it easier, so here’s my latest version of Sloppy Joes. I don’t use coconut flour in this recipe, or any other flour, and instead of ketchup, I add ingredients that would be used to create a sauce that is has the sweet essence of it. And feel free to vary your protein source. I usually use ground turkey or chicken with this recipe.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or other oil
- 2 celery stalks trimmed and diced
- 1 small onion peeled and diced
- 2 carrots trimmed and diced
- 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
- 1 green bell pepper trimmed and diced
- 1 red pepper trimmed and diced
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heat a large skillet or frying pan on medium heat and add the oil.
- Add the celery, onions, and carrots to the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally for about 7 minutes.
- Add the garlic and toss with the vegetables. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add red and green pepper and toss in with the other vegetables. Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the peppers begin to soften.
- Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and place the ground meat in the center. Use a spatula to move the meat around as it browns.
- After a few minutes of browning the meat, blend the vegetables with the meat and add the tomato puree, tomato paste, honey, mustard, vinegar, and salt. Blend well as it cooks.
- Cover the pan and let the mixture simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened to your preference.
- Serve very warm with rolls, coleslaw, mashed cauliflower or just on it's own. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days.