Sloppy Joes. If you’re a child of the 80’s, then you’ll definitely know this iconic meal as a staple on the dinner table at home as well as in the cafeteria at school. A child of the 80’s or not, there’s a good chance you’ve come across this meal one time or another. And if you haven’t, then we are so excited to introduce you! It’s warm, it’s tangy, it’s filling - it’s just downright sloppy in all of the best ways! So to our Sloppy Joe lovers of all ages, this recipe is our throwback to a timeless classic. We’ve, however, slimmed the recipe down to make it healthier and more forgiving to the waist. But don’t worry, we haven’t made it any less sloppy or less flavorful than what you remember!
By eliminating the canned sauce, we’ve taken the sodium and sugar levels way down. If you’re currently trying to lose weight, then we recommend also opting for a lighter and leaner carbohydrate such as a slice of 50 calorie bread or inside a pita. Or, you can eliminate the carb altogether and serve in a lettuce bun.
One of the best things about Sloppy Joes is the ability to customize them to your tastes. Our recipe is what you can consider the “base”. You can build upon it with a variety of flavors and textures! For a little bit of crunch and color, add diced bell pepper. If you like heat, then up the crushed red pepper flakes and add diced jalapeno. If you like tang (without the heat), increase the mustard. And if you’re looking for a little more volume and depth, mushrooms go great with this one! Those are just our ideas for how to take an already delicious recipe to the next level. We’d love to hear and see some of yours! Send us a message and/or pic to email@example.com
- 1-1.5 lb lean ground beef or sirloin
- 1/2 C. G Hughes Ketchup
- 1/3 C. Pomi tomato sauce
- 1/4 C. low-sodium chicken broth
- 1.5 tsp. Swerve zero-calorie brown sugar (optional)*
- 1 tsp. Yellow mustard
- 1/4 tsp. Liquid aminos
- 1/4 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. Onion powder
*Brown sugar is what you would typically use with Sloppy Joes, but a pinch of any zero-calorie sweetener will actually do just fine here! Or if you don't care for the sweet note in a traditional Sloppy Joe, then leave it off altogether!
- Brown meat in a skillet over medium heat. Once cooked through, drain fat and measure 3 servings (12 oz. or 18 oz.). Store any leftover for another meal and return the measured portion to the pan.
- Add to the pan: ketchup, tomato sauce, Swerve or other zero-calorie sweetener, mustard, liquid aminos, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Add broth in small parts as needed until your desired consistency has been reached.
- Bring to a boil and then lower down to a simmer.
- Let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until heated through evenly; and enjoy warm!
Makes 3 Servings | Serving Size: ? of recipe | 1 Serving Replaces: 1 protein, 2 oz. vegetables