Easy, Healthy Sloppy Joe’s

Submitted by Jeanne Larson

About the cook: I am a wife, mom of two boys, and a part-time middle school teacher who teaches a Farm to Table cooking class/Health and PE. My side business is called Endurance Fit For Life and my goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. I have written three cookbooks, which focus on simple, healthy recipes and easy to make. My website and social media has a link for hiking/biking trails in Orange County that give details on where to park, sights you will see on the trails, and other info. Overall, my goal to to help simplify healthy cooking in the kitchen with giving others recipe ideas that will keep them and their families healthy!

About the dish: A healthy, easy version of Sloppy Joe's! This is a fabulous meal to serve the whole family!

National Origin: American

Serves: 4

Estimated Time: Under 30 Minutes


1 ½ lbs. organic, lean, ground red meat
1 cup shredded zucchini
½ cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 can of organic tomato sauce
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs. organic ketchup
3 Tbs. coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1 ½ tsp. chili powder
½ Tbs. garlic powder
¼ tsp. sea salt
1 Tbs. olive oil


Put olive oil in a frying pan and heat on low-to-medium heat. Cook the diced red onion for a few minutes, until translucent. Then, add the ground meat and cook for 6-8 minutes. Shred the zucchini and carrots. Place a paper towel over the shredded zucchini to remove excess moisture. Add the shredded veggies and remaining the ingredients to the meat, and cook everything for another 3-5 minutes until the meat is no longer pink and the veggies are softened.

Enjoy Easy, Healthy Sloppy Joe’s on a gluten-free roll or bun with optional mozzarella sprinkle. The sweet and tangy flavor also fills the tummy.

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