Make these Whole30 Sloppy Joes any night of the week for a flavorful, healthy, rib-sticking meal for the whole family!
Let’s just be honest. A recipe where you are REQUIRED to be messy is the BEST kind of recipe.
Messy kids? No problem.
Make a mess when you’re cooking? All good.
Sloppy joe dripping down your face? YOU ARE KILLING IT.
That is why sloppy joes are my absolute favorite. Plus they are seriously so much more versatile than you might think.
You can stuff ’em in a sweet potato, like we are doing today. Or you could stuff ’em in lettuce like the low carb keto sloppy joes. Or maybe you don’t eat meat? Vegan sloppy joes with cauliflower are for YOU.
You could almost eat sloppy joes every weeknight and not get bored.
Why you will LOVE this Recipe
When I think of comfort food, I think of a rich, flavorful, hot meal that really sticks to my bones! I’m talking cheesy instant pot chicken and rice casserole with broccoli or a generous helping of pizza crockpot pasta because really, who could possibly resist?! Today’s recipe, whole30 sloppy joes, will not only keep your comfort food game strong, but will also surprise you because it’s HEALTHY! Yup, that’s right- this sloppy joe recipe uses nourishing ingredients to create rich and comforting saucy goodness. Putting a spin on traditional sloppy joes, these ones are served alongside tender and tasty baked sweet potatoes, and I promise you that you will be such a fan!
Healthy Recipe Swaps
When curating a recipe for homemade sloppy joes healthy, I knew that it could still be JUST as delicious when using healthy ingredients. Healthy food means it’s nourishing, energy giving, and vitamin and nutrient rich. What it doesn’t mean? It’s bland or boring. Here are a few swaps I made without sacrificing flavor or texture:
- Medjool Dates: To cut down on sugar, I used some medjool dates instead of adding extra sugar to the tomato sauce. They bring natural sweetness and flavor to the sauce.
- Beef Stock/Bone Broth: There are so many immune boosting health benefits to consuming bone broth, so if you have some kicking around, I recommend adding it to these healthy sloppy joes!
- Sweet Potatoes: Instead of serving these paleo sloppy joes on bread or rolls, I opted to use baked sweet potatoes instead! They are nutrient rich and also are the perfect taste and texture to compliment the meat sauce mixture!
Did you know that SO many of my recipes here on the blog can be modified to suit your dietary preferences and needs? Here are some ways to switch things up to suit you and your crew:
Keto- Serve the sloppy joes on your favorite keto bread or on lettuce!
Vegan- Cook up some vegan meatless ground beef instead of regular ground beef. The texture will still be on point, but your meal will be plant based!
Not Paleo- If you don’t want this recipe to be paleo, simply serve it on a bun instead of sweet potatoes!
Make it lighter- Feel free to use ground turkey or ground chicken for a leaner meat option.
What to serve with Whole30 Sloppy Joes
This hot, healthy, cozy meal can be made even better with some delicious sides to go with it! For this recipe, I recommend pairing it with some sauteed broccolini or instant pot green beans to make it a meal!
How to freeze Sloppy Joe Meat
If you want to double the batch to save for another night, it’s the perfect recipe to do so with! Simply pour the meat into an airtight freezer safe container or freezer style zip locked bag and pop it in the freezer. The meat will last up to a few months this way, and it also thaws and reheats beautifully. Voila- Healthy Sloppy Joes whenever the craving hits!
More healthy whole30 dinners
- whole30 sweet and sour paleo meatballs
- no bean whole30 keto chili in the instant pot (paleo friendly)
- low carb whole30 paleo salmon cakes
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- 6 Tbsp Green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Lb 85% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
- 1 Large Medjool date
- 1/2 Cup Beef stock (or beef bone broth)
- 3/4 Cup Canned tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Tomato paste
- 1 tsp Red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp Chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Yellow mustard
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 4 Medium sweet potatoes, baked
- Avocado, for garnish (optional)
- In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil on medium high. Add in the green onions and cook one minute.
- Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up as you cook it, about 5 minutes.
- While the beef cooks. Heat the date and beef stock up in the microwave until warm, about 30 seconds.
- Add the date and hot broth into a small food processor (mine is 3 cups) and blend until broken down. Add all the rest of the ingredients, up to the sweet potatoes, and blend until smooth.
- Once the beef is cooked, pour the sauce in and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
- Spoon over the cooked sweet potatoes and add avocado, if desired
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