Sloppy Joes

I don't think I had ever had Sloppy Joe's for 20 years of my life (as far as I can remember). The other day I found a healthier recipe for this American favorite on I decided to try it out just for fun, and it was super delish I must say! It's uniquely flavored because it's salty but sweet and tastes almost like a sweet smokey hamburger because it's made with ketchup. I didn't get to take a picture of the meal, so I do apologize, but in all honesty... this is the most unphotogenic meal you could possibly make!!


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or sirloin
  • 1-2 TB olive oil
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots (I grated one large carrot)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (1/4 tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder 
  • 1 tsp. paprika 
  • 3 tbsp. coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Whole wheat buns, for serving


  1. Add a little bit of olive oil to a large saucepan. Sauté the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Once browned, you can drain the fat if you'd like. 
  2. Add the 1 TB of olive oil along with the rest of the ingredients: shredded carrots, garlic, onion powder, paprika, coconut palm sugar, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, and water.
  3. Stir to combine, then let the mixture simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the sauce has thickened. 
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve on buns.

{Recipe Adapted from Real Food Gypsy}