I’m not sure what it is about sloppy joe’s, but I love them. As a kid, we got to pick what we wanted for dinner on our birthday and every year, without fail, I chose sloppy joe’s. Now that I’m an adult, and a little more health conscious, I was eager to find a recipe that still tasted as yummy without being so naughty. Enter the recipe for Whole30 Sloppy Joe’s!
When I first read through the recipe, I thought it was… interesting? But, worth a shot right? Adam was talking to me as I prepared it, and looked a little less than excited, but said he’d try it once and if they were good, they were his idea! lol So, here is the recipe he insisted we give a try… (Spoiler alert, we both absolutely LOVED them!)
Whole30 Sloppy Joe’s
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 tsp onion powder
- pinch of cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 5 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2/3 cup water (reserved)
- russet potatoes (one per person)
- In a large pan, brown the ground beef over medium/high heat; add diced onion. Drain any excess grease.
- Reduce heat to medium; add in green bell pepper, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried parsley, onion powder, and sea salt. Mix well.
- Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring 2/3 cup water to a boil and add the pitted Medjool dates. Boil 60 seconds, until dates are softened.
- Remove dates from the pot; set water aside for later use.
- 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.
- Wash and dry a russet potato. Poke the potato with a fork several times around, then microwave 5-7 minutes or until the potato is soft inside. (You can also bake ahead of time.)
- Serve sloppy joe mixture on top of baked potato and garnish with green onion. ENJOY!