Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

People hear the word homemade and immediately think “that sounds hard”. Well, this simple Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe is far from hard. You can have a healthy home cooked meal on the table in under 30 minutes.

The Healthy Homemade Recipe that your kids will love!

Sloppy Joes are not just for kids, but when packed with flavor, they can be a delicious easy meal you and your entire family will love. It is also a simple recipe for those who enjoy meal prepping. Easily adjust protein, carbs, and fats to meet your personal macro requirements.

What will you need to make these Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Equipment:

  • 1 Large Pan w/Lid

Ingredients:

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet with lid to medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the oil, onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions and garlic, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.’ 
  2. Then add the ground beef to the pan. Using a heavy spatula or spoon, chop up the ground beef, mixing it in with the garlic and onions. Stir everything together, cooking for about 5 minutes, until the meat is just about cooked, and chopped up into smaller pieces.’ 
  3. Next add all the additional ingredients: tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, worchestershire, cholula, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until well combined. About 2 minutes. Then cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.’ 
  4. After 10 minute remove the sloppy joe meat from the heat and serve on the thin sandwich rolls, or any roll of your choice. Or portion out for meal prep.
Sloppy Joes

Notes for Meal Planning:

When it comes to meal planning it is always important to think about your schedule. By taking into account your busy schedule, you know which days you will and will not eat at home. This will help to prevent you from over buying food, resulting in unwanted food waste. Prepping meals can also come in very handy when you have a busy week. Cooking a few meals ahead of time will save you time later and ensure that you don’t miss a meal.

Notes for Meal Prep and Storing Your Prepped Meals

  • Room Temperature Storage: Once these healthy sloppy joes are cooled it should not be stored at room temperature. This recipe should be stored in either the fridge or the freezer.
  • Fridge Storage: In the refrigerator these Sloppy Joes will last 4-6 days, when stored in an air tight container. Check out my Tips for Reheating your Pre-Made Meals.
  • Freezer Storage: These Homemade Sloppy Joes are an ideal Freezer Friendly Recipes. The sauce helps the recipe to hold its moisture when being defrosted and then reheated. If you are looking to freezer your meals I always recommend checking out my Tips for Freezing and Defrosting

NOTES FOR COUNTING MACROS:

PROTEIN:

You can be adjust the amount of protein based on the amount and percentage of lean ground beef you use.

  • 90% lean: 1 oz, has 5.8 grams of protein and 2.8 grams of fat.
  • 92% lean: 1 oz, has 5.8 grams of protein and 2 grams fat.
  • 95% lean: 1 oz, has 6 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat.

Because ground beef also contains fat, there is no way around the fat also changing. Therefore, you will want to keep that in mind when calculating your marcos.

CARBOHYDRATE:

You can adjusted the amount of carbohydrates based on the bread your choose to serve it on.

  • I chose to use a thin multigrain bread which only has 20 grams of carbs. But you can choose to go “Protein Style” and have no bun at all, or use a carb rich bread. The choice is up to you!

FAT:

You can adjusted the amount of fat based on the percentage of lean ground beef you use.

  • 90% lean: 1 oz, has 2.8 grams of fat and 5.8 grams of protein.
  • 92% lean: 1 oz, has 2 grams fat and 5.8 grams of protein.
  • 95% lean: 1 oz, has 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of protein.

Ground beef also contains protein. As a result, of making adjustments to the fat, you will also make adjustments to the protein in this recipe. Therefore, you will want to keep that in mind when calculating your marcos.

When adjusting macros you will want to keep in mind the number of servings you are making.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook or Rest Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Family dish, Meal Prep, Sloppy Joes
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal
Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Equipment

  • 1 Large Pan w/Lid

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet with lid to medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the oil, onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions and garlic, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Then add the ground beef to the pan. Using a heavy spatula or spoon, chop up the ground beef, mixing it in with the garlic and onions. Stir everything together, cooking for about 5 minutes, until the meat is just about cooked, and chopped up into smaller pieces.
  • Next add all the additional ingredients: tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, worchestershire, cholula, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until well combined. About 2 minutes. Then cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
  • After 10 minute remove the sloppy joe meat from the heat and serve on the thin sandwich rolls, or any roll of your choice. Or portion out for meal prep.
Sloppy Joes, great for kinds but with the right flavoring even adults will love this dish!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.1g20%
Saturated Fat 6.4g40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 103.1mg34%
Sodium 348mg15%
Potassium 257.5mg7%
Carbohydrates 20.3g7%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 8.5g9%
Protein 34.3g69%
Vitamin A 6.2IU0%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 5.5mg1%
Iron 35.7mg198%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Are Sloppy Joes Unhealthy?

    With just about any recipe you can make them healthy or unhealthy it all comes down to the ingredients you use. Choosing to make something homemade allows you to control the ingredients allowing you to use the healthiest of ingredients.

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