Healthy, Tomato-Free Sloppy Joes

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Comfort foods warm the soul, and today’s recipe is no different. Sloppy Joes have been a huge favorite of our family for years. I used to make them with ground turkey and Manwich, sometimes with a fresh, diced green pepper added in.

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Not to knock Manwich, but it’s not particularly healthy especially considering high fructose corn syrup is the second ingredient. It is cheap though, and super easy to make sloppy joes with, so for the first few years of marriage it was my go-to for Sloppy Joe night.

That had to change about two years ago when we started changing our kids’ diets. We ended up trying the Feingold diet when Isaac was 4, and we discovered that Isaac is sensitive to tomatoes, so for a while, sloppy joes were sadly off the menu, until one day I stumbled upon a tomato-free Sloppy Joe sauce recipe in the Feingold member handbook.

At first glance, I won’t lie, the recipe seems a little odd. I mean, canned carrots, pomegranate juice, and chicken broth? Uhhh what? But trust me when I say it is DELICIOUS. It is so so yummy and super easy to make. It has a full, comfort-food-worthy flavor and doesn’t taste like carrots or pomegranate juice at all.

Our whole family loves it, and Sloppy Joe Night is once again a favorite in our house. Manwich has nothing on this Sloppy Joe recipe! The sauce also makes for a great tomato-free pizza sauce on homemade pizzas, I usually add a little more oregano (about a teaspoon or two).

If you can’t eat tomatoes or if you want to try a super yummy, healthy, easy-to-make and inexpensive recipe give this one a try.

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Tomato-Free Sloppy Joe Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz canned carrots, drained

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp basil

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • chopped bell peppers, optional

Method

  1. First, brown your meat of choice (we use ground turkey) in a deep skillet on the stove. While the meat is cooking, prepare the sauce.

  2. In a blender (or food processor), put all of the ingredients. Blend well, until super smooth, probably about 2-3 minutes or so.

  3. Pour sauce in the skillet with the browned meat and bell peppers if you’re using them, and let simmer for about 5 -10 minutes, until desired thickness.

  4. Serve on your favorite all-natural buns (we recommend Simple Truth Organic hamburger buns [pictured] buns or Rudi’s Gluten-Free buns; it's also really good on King's Hawaiian rolls, although that's not an all-natural option). Serves 6.

This is a perfect recipe for busy nights when you don’t have a ton of time but want to serve your family a yummy, healthy dinner. Make sure to tag us on Instagram @thefloralwreathblog if you make this recipe, we’d love to see your pics!

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