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Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe Bowls
Growing up I always REALLY enjoyed Sloppy Joes made from store-bought packets or a can of premade Sloppy Joe sauce. Sloppy Joes are surprisingly easy to make from scratch with just a few simple ingredients you likely have at home.
Our homemade Sloppy Joe recipe has just a hint of sweetness from the tomato sauce/ketchup, & maple syrup/honey, and it gets a lot of flavor from the fresh chopped vegetables. We achieved a nice complex tangy finish thanks to the mustard, and coconut aminos.
You’re going to love it! Adjust seasonings and ingredients to your liking or whatever you have on hand that you need to use up. They’ll turn out great!
🍠I REALLY enjoy this combo served with these sweet potato rounds!
Sweet Potatoes and Yams are something we eat A LOT of at our house!
It’s funny because about 10 years ago I didn’t care for them AT ALL.
Throughout my 30’s I began passionately learning about health & nutrition while working with a phenomenal fitness trainer. Sweet potatoes were becoming THE complex carbohydrate of choice! They were *always* on my meal plans – so that’s when I got creative and started roasting them, eating them frequently, and actually TRULY ENJOYING them.
Not a week goes by these days that I don’t buy and cook sweet potatoes or yams… they have become an absolute staple in our home.
This recipe is awesome if you’re trying to include sweet potatoes more often, but just need a tasty recipe – along with a little friendly nudge to try something different!
Complex Carbohydrates from the Sweet Potatoes are my favorite carbohydrates to eat because they leave me feeling really good and full of energy rather than the opposite feelings of bloat and tiredness many simple carbs seem to deliver.
Sweet potatoes are considered a “superfood” because of all the vitamins and minerals they contain.
Just as an example, 1 sweet potato contains almost 400% of your daily vitamin A requirements! They also contain vitamins B, C, and D as well as a wide range of minerals.
They can help boost your immune system, protect your vision and reproductive health, and even help lower your risk of cancer.
Plus, they appear to help improve blood sugar control and cholesterol levels … and might even help keep fat cells from growing.
They are also delicious mashed or roasted like these pizza bites. Use them in soups, stews, chilis, or in any way you would use other potatoes.
➡️ Make some pickled jalapeños to top off your Sloppy Joes!
➡️Homemade Pickled Red Onions would be a very good addition to this recipe.
➡️ Here’s How To Make Homemade Ketchup
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 2 Tbsps avocado oil or olive oil, divided
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1-1/2 lbs lean ground beef or bison
- 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup homemade ketchup, tomato paste, or tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp coconut aminos, tamari, Braggs liquid aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsps apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsps maple syrup or raw honey
Optional topping ideas:
- sliced jalapeños
- pickled red onions
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
Place the sliced sweet potatoes on your prepared baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper to taste, then give them a good toss to coat well then arrange in a single layer.