Sloppy Joe’s were a favorite in our house growing up. However, once you reach adulthood, you realize that they probably weren’t the healthiest choice. I love for my son to experience foods that my husband and I did when younger, but am a little more health conscience then my Mother was. Sorry, Mom…I know you did your best 🙂
My husband and I are on week 1 of our Whole 30 journey and this is the perfect time to introduce this childhood favorite to our son. Plus, I was dying to have one myself!!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we all do. This is definitely going in the rotation with a gold start next to it!
- 1 lb ground beef (gross fed or organic) Feel free to use ground turkey breast too!
- 1 large chopped onion
- ¾ cup chopped green pepper (optional) I omit the peppers, they don’t agree with me!
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed or finely chopped. (We love our garlic!)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt (More if needed, to taste)
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- ⅔ cup water (reserved)
- Russet potatoes (one per person) I use Organic potatoes only. Trader Joe’s sells them!
(Salt, Pepper & Garlic seasonings for potatoes)
~ Preheat the oven to 450.
~ Wash and dry potatoes.
~ Poke a few holes with either a fork or knife.
~ Lightly baste with olive oil and season with salt, pepper & garlic.
~ Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, turning every 20.
~ They’re done when can be pierced with a fork and are tender inside.
- Brown the ground beef in a large pan over medium/high heat and add the onion. Add some salt to help the onions caramelize Drain any excess grease. Shouldn’t be much 🙂
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the green pepper (optional) ,apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried parsley, and salt. Mix well
- Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring ⅔ cup water to a boil and add the dates. Boil 30-60 seconds, just long enough to significantly soften the dates. Remove the dates from the pot (reserving the water for later)
- Place the dates into a food processor or blender, then add tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Blend well then add to the beef mixture
- Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved date water (more if needed)
- Serve sloppy joe mixture on top of baked russet potato and garnish with green onions.If you are interested in more clean eating recipes, please check out Cathy’s Kitchen section of this page. Feel free to join my FREE clean eating group too!