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Healthy Sloppy Joe's

Healthy Sloppy Joe over spinach.
Rebecca Hazelton

I admit it: I LOVED sloppy joe's as a kid. For those of you that grew up on Manwich canned sloppy joe mix (and have fond memories), you will be delighted to have this healthy recipe alternative!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 small can of organic tomato paste (I really like the Bionaturae in the glass jars)
  • 1 small can of water (use the tomato paste can once you've emptied it)
  • 1 Tbsp. ghee
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped ginger root (about 2 inches of root)
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. each of sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tsps. organic hot sauce (I used Arizona Pepper's Organic Harvest Chipotle Habanero Pepper Sauce)
  • 2 tsps. fish sauce (I used Red Boat, no sugar added)

How to:

  • In a large skillet, melt ghee on medium heat.
  • Add onions and cook for 3-5 minutes until translucent.
  • Crumble up beef into pan and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes with the lid on. Peel and chop ginger while it's cooking.
  • Add tomato paste, water, ginger root, fish sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, molasses, spices and mushrooms and stir well. Cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve over spinach or beside your favorite veggies or make these buns to go with it!