Healthy Sloppy Joe's

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." ~Alan Lakein

I like to keep our weekly meals simple. And if I can cook once and expand it to 2 meals then I’m a happy camper. Here I’m cooking 2 lbs of meat, seasoning it lightly, putting half aside for later in the week (in the freezer) and adding a sauce for this meal. This batch is similar to old school sloppy joe’s, with the same convenience but none of the junk. My version is also whole30 compliant since I used @tessemaes bbq sauce and ketchup.

I started by browning 2 lbs of meat and added 1 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder and salt and ½ tsp of aleppo pepper (chili powder would work too). Once that was cooked through I removed half of the meat and set it aside to cool (then transferred it to a freezer bag), and also drained off most of the fat. With the meat pushed to the side, I then added a handful of finely chopped onion and pepper and 2 cloves of garlic (minced), and cooked through for about 1 ½ -2 minutes, then incorporated it into the meat. I then mixed ¼ c bbq sauce with 2 T ketchup and 1 tsp coconut aminos and poured over the meat mixture and stirred until the meat was fully coated, for a more "saucy" mixture, just double the sauce. I served mine over a baked sweet potato that I had from the freezer, kids had tots and a big salad rounded out the meal. Fast, easy and a big hit with the family. And I've got another pound of meat ready to go later in the week...I'm thinking taco bowls or maybe stuffed zucchini boats!

DinnerBethany Larson