Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Sacred cows make the best hamburger."
-Mark Twain, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love Sloppy Joes. It's one of those comfort foods that's cheap, easy to make and it can be really good for you. Choose lean ground beef, fresh veggies and these simple spices rather than getting your Sloppy Joe out of a can or a seasoning packet. Lower in fat and salt, with a fresh homemade taste, this recipe won't take much longer than the "instant" mixes.

Ground Beef

I don't buy ground beef very much and don't use it in very many of my recipes. I generally prefer to choose a cut of beef that is leaner and grind it myself using the food processor. This lets me control the amount of fat because I am able to trim the beef as lean as possible before grinding. If you are going to buy ground beef, purchase the leanest you can find. The more red looking it is, the better, because the higher fat content will make the ground beef look pinker.

I find it funny that sellers are allowed to label their beef 80% lean or 90% lean. You have to subtract this from 100 to get the fat content (20% fat for the 80% lean ground beef). Most groceries carry 90% lean and even higher now, and this is your best choice. It might be labeled "Extra Lean" (see 10 Things You Need to Know About Reading Food Labels for an explanation of the meanings of Lean and Extra Lean).

4 ounces extra lean ground beef = 153 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 2 g mono fat, 24 g protein, 0 g carbohydrates, 74 mg sodium, 69 mg cholesterol, Vitamin K 0 mcg


Sloppy Joes

Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 cups Sloppy Joe on a bun

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe makes great leftovers. Reheat gently.

Serve with Yam Home Fries or Yam Home Fries - Low Sodium Version or Thick Cut Yam Fries or Thick Cut Yam Fries - Low Sodium Version

1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion (diced)
1 rib celery (diced)
1 large carrot (peeled and diced)
1 small green bell pepper (diced)
1 lb 97% lean ground beef
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp tomato paste
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 1/2 cups water
4 whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until it is browned.

Add the vinegar, Worcestershire, paprika, tomato paste, pepper and water. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Serve over lightly toasted hamburger buns.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 cups Sloppy Joe on a bun

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 340 Calories from Fat 71
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 453mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
    Sugars 12g  
Protein 30g  
Vitamin A 68% Vitamin C 46%
Calcium 11% Iron 27%
Vitamin K 10 mcg Potassium 944 mg
Magnesium 83 mg