Healthy Sloppy Joes

The BEST Healthy Sloppy Joes that taste delicious, are quick to make, and made with simple ingredients.

healthy sloppy joes

I’m almost passed the first trimester and I’m slowly getting my appetite and energy back. Which means, recipe testing and creating for the Winter 4-Week Meal Plan is in full force and I seriously can’t wait to share this meal plan with you. It’s going to be full of easy + simple recipes your whole family will love. Including these Healthy Sloppy Joes!

After I took one bite, I knew I had to share this recipe from the Winter 4-Week Meal Plan early with you because it’s just too good not to share. I also got to thinking, it’s been YEARS since I’ve had a sloppy joe. I used to love them but since changing our nutrition thought they were unhealthy. Which most are unhealthy, loaded with sugar and condiments.

So naturally, I was determined to create a healthy version of Sloppy Joes that my family and I could enjoy without all the extra sugar. And this recipe does not disappoint. It was love at first bite and my oldest daughter, London (who is 6), asked for 12 more. Little did she know that there are lots of veggies snuck inside! Oh and she has already requested it 3 times since making it for the first time last week. London will be happy to know it’s on the menu again tonight. And I’m literally counting down to dinner time. When’s the last time a recipe made you that excited to eat? Pregnant or not, I love to eat healthy food that tastes amazing and has me counting down to the next time I get to eat!

Simple Ingredients

This recipe for Healthy Sloppy Joes requires simple ingredients and ones that you can easily find at any grocery store. All you need is…

Ground beef



Bell Pepper


Garlic Powder

Worcestershire sauce

Dijon mustard

Tomato sauce

Tomato paste

See how simple these ingredients are? Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated or a huge list of ingredients. And I bet you have most of these ingredients on hand already.

Preparation tips

This recipe for Healthy Sloppy Joes is incredibly quick to make but I know that sometimes you want dinner on the table even faster, especially if you are coming home from work. So here are a couple tips so you can prep ahead.

Cut all the veggies and onions ahead of time

This will make preparation when dinner time comes so much faster. You can do this the night before or in the morning. Add all the chopped ingredients to an airtight container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Use a food processor

If you have food processor you can add the veggies and onion to it and pulse until all ingredients are chopped. I also recommend using a food processor if you want your veggies to be smaller to disguise them more for your children.

Cook the meat ahead of time

You can cook the ground beef ahead of time to save time make dinner prep even easier. Just store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Healthy Sloppy Joes


1lb ground beef

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 big carrots, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 small onion, diced

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 cups plain tomato sauce

1 tbsp tomato paste

Salt, to taste

Serve with gluten free buns, pickles and snap peas.


1. Chopped all the veggies and onion. You can chop more finely if you want to disguise the veggies more.

2.  In a large pot, cook the ground beef, breaking the meat up as it cooks. Add 1/2 tsp garlic powder to the meat. Drain most of the excess grease.

3. Add the veggies to the ground beef and let cook for 6-10 minutes or until the veggies are soft.

4. Add the worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, dijon mustard, and salt to the mixture.

5. Let cook for 3-5 minutes.

6. Serve on gluten-free buns, with a pickle and snap peas

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