There are hectic, demanding, hard, energy depleted days when making a fresh dinner just isn’t going to happen.
Today was that kind of day.
Meet my favorite freezer friendly meal.
Yep. Sloppy Joe’s.
Not just Sloppy Joe’s… Whole Food Sloppy Joes!
The whole family loves them, they are simple to make, and even simpler to defrost! They are refined sugar free and LOADED with fresh veggies. Best news of all, your kids will have no idea!
Traditional Sloppy Joes almost always contain refined sugars, which are no good for you, so I replaced it with honey. I also made my Homemade Steak Seasoning instead of buying a pre-made seasoning packet from the store. Pre-packaged spice blends are full of extra ingredients. I like to make my own so that I can control the quality of ingredients and create the exact flavor that I like. This recipe will make WAY more seasoning than is needed for the sloppy joes. Just store the leftovers in a ziplock bag or empty spice container and it will be ready to go for next time!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks
Make Ahead– Go ahead and make them when you have time. They reheat really well, and will last in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. I usually store mine in a gallon ziplock bag to save space (and dishes). When you are ready to use them just pour them into a skillet and heat em up.
Freeze Em– This is my favorite choice! I often double this recipe, we eat half and I freeze the other! Pour the sloppy joe into a disposable aluminum pan. Cover it with a layer of parchment paper and then cover with foil. When you are ready to use it, just pop it into the oven at 350 degrees until it is warmed through! It will keep in the freezer for 3-6 months.
A second option is to freeze sloppy joe’s in individual portion sizes. I use ziplock freezer bags for this. Pour desired portion of sloppy joe into a dated and labeled bag. Remove air and seal. Lay flat in the freezer. As needed, remove from freezer and warm on the stove.
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 medium carrot,peeled and diced
- 1 celery stalk,diced
- 1 small red pepper, diced
- 1 lb of ground beef (organic and grass-fed recommended)
- 1 TBS homemade steak seasoning
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 TBS red wine vinegar
- 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 TBS of tomato paste
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, carrot, celery and red pepper to the pan. Cook until veggies are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add ground beef, steak seasoning, and honey to the pan and combine.
- When the meat has browned, add vinegar, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook mixture 15-20 minutes, or until desired consistency.
- Serve on toasted whole wheat buns.
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