Whole Food Sloppy Joes are simple to make, requiring just 8-ingredients, 25 minutes and a skillet. Smoky, sweet and hearty. The perfect weeknight meal.
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. Sloppy Joe's.
Buuuuut, not just Sloppy Joe's... WHOLE FOOD Sloppy Joes.
The whole family loves them, they are simple to make AND even simpler to defrost! Refined sugar free + a few sneaky veggies thrown in!
While you guys get acquainted I'm just going to take a moment to go back and thank my-better-self who prepared and froze this Whole Food Sloppy Joe Situation 2 weeks ago when babies weren't screaming, an un-named child wasn't throwing chairs during a full on melt down (yep.. that just happened) AND life was for the most part.. in control. Yeah.. I miss that girl.
Sooooo.. here's what makes these guys special...
Traditional Sloppy Joes almost always contains refined sugars like brown sugar. I replaced it with honey. I also made my Homemade Steak Seasoning instead of buying a pre-made one from the store. These can be full of extra additives and salt. 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. You'll thank yourself down the road, I promise.
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Prep: Honestly, this recipe is so simple that prepping ahead really isn't required.
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.
Freezer- This is my favorite choice! I often double this recipe, we eat half and I freeze the other. Pour the sloppy joe into a freezer safe zipper bag and remove all air. Lay bag into the freezer flat on a baking sheet. Allow it to freeze solid overnight. Remove baking sheet from freezer and store sloppy joes for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use it, just pop it into the oven at 350 degrees until it is warmed through.
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 large red pepper, diced
- 1 lb of ground beef (organic and grass-fed recommended)
- 1 TBS homemade steak seasoning
- 2 TBS honey
- 1 TBS red wine vinegar
- 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 TBS of tomato paste
- 6 Hamburger Buns
- OPTIONAL: Pickles, red onion or tomatoes for serving
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and red pepper to the pan. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add ground beef, steak seasoning and honey to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat and combine all ingredients.
- When the meat has browned, add vinegar, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook mixture 10-15 minutes, or until desired consistency is achieved.
- Serve on toasted whole wheat buns.
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