I found this recipe a few years ago from Homemade Simple. We all love football around here (home and office). What could be better on a day of football than Sloppy Joes? These “Joes” combine the traditional recipe with a Mexican kick.
We limit our intake of bread, and substitute a sweet potato instead. It’s sort of like a stuffed potato. I have adapted this recipe to reflect a few healthier choices. There’s also two additional recipes within this recipe, so be sure to look for them.
Reflecting on PINK: There was a common statement that my niece made while undergoing treatment last year. She would tell me, she just wanted to feel normal. It was difficult for her because the chemo would knock her out for several days after receiving it. So this recipe, is my attempt to bring normalcy to the lives of the family of those currently going through treatment. This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled, making it easy to share! Reach out to someone around you that may be going through cancer treatment. Offer to cook a meal for their family. The power of healing is often felt through the hand of a neighbor or friend!
Southwestern Sloppy Joes:
- healthy oil for sauteing onions and peppers (olive oil or avocado
- 1- yellow or Vidalia onion, chopped (I live in the south, so it’s always a Vidalia)
- 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (use your color of choice). These little guys are full of the antioxidant vitamins A & C. I personally use one whole yellow bell pepper. The more antioxidants, the better.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup of organic frozen corn (Please try buy organic, non GMO. Corn is one of the highest genetically modified foods. Cancer patients benefit from low exposure to pesticides and preservatives. It allows their immune system to fight the disease instead of trying to breakdown the non-sense added to their food. Just omit it if you don’t eat corn.)
- 1/2 cup of black beans (I buy beans in the cardboard boxes or BPA free cans if I don’t have time to swell and cook them myself.)
- 1 pound of organic grass-fed ground beef
- 16 oz. of organic tomato sauce (Homemade for those of you who had gardens and canned this summer.)
- 1 TBSP of honey (optional)
- 1 TBSP of homemade Worcestershire sauce (homemade recipe here) The store-bought variety is full of preservatives.The homemade is really good! I just store the extra in a mason jar. It’s great for a marinade as well.
- Hamburger buns (if you must) OR Sweet potatoes
In a large skillet, saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic in oil until tender. Once tender, transfer mixture to a holding bowl, then use skillet to brown ground beef. Once browned, add beans and corn. Next, fold in the onion mixture. Add tomato sauce, honey (optional), and homemade Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered to help thicken. Season with salt and serve in baked sweet potato.
I love this dish with a side of coleslaw. My Momma made simple, country-style coleslaw quite often. Two main ingredients, cabbage and mayonnaise. When I found this recipe for homemade mayo, using a few simple ingredients, GAME ON! I started making my Momma’s coleslaw but much healthier.
Hope you enjoy!