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Better-for-You Sloppy Joe’s

Grass-fed beef plus a simple homemade sauce equals a better-for-you Sloppy Joe. Serve on a sprouted bun piled high with toppings, or enjoy over zucchini noodles or a baked sweet potato.

Better-for-You Sloppy Joe’s
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  • 2 Tbsp. coconut, extra virgin olive, or avocado oil
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, diced
  • ½ of red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (for plant-based, substitute two cups cooked lentils)
  • 3/4 Cup TrueMade Veggie Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen’s tomato paste

Optional toppings:

  • Lettuce
  • Microgreens
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Wake Robin Garlicky Dill Pickle Chips
  • Tomato slices
  • Avocado slices


  1. Place the oil in a large skillet.
  2. Sauté peppers and onions in the coconut oil over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften and onions start to become translucent.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder and stir in.
  4. Add beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook until browned. If using lentils in place of beef, add them at this time.
  5. Add ketchup, coconut aminos, and tomato paste and stir to combine.
  6. Let cook on low for at least 10 minutes. The longer it cooks the more the flavors will develop.
  7. Serve on a sprouted bun with toppings of choice!
Melanie Jatsek
By Melanie Jatsek RD, LD
Heinen’s Chief Dietitian, Melanie Jatsek believes that the answer to a strong, healthy and vibrant body lies within. She graduated cum laude from the University of Akron, earning a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and has over 20 years of experience in wellness program development, health coaching and professional speaking. As a published author of three books and registered dietitian for Heinen’s Grocery Store, Melanie offers programs, services, and tools to help Heinen’s customers take inspired action to build the healthy body they were meant to live in…without giving up their favorite foods.

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