My kids have never had Sloppy Joes, so when Chef Kirsten shared this “healthified” version from her awesome website, La MesaVida, I knew I had to give a try! I changed the recipe ever so slightly according to what I had available. My nine year-old is still not completely sold on peppers, onions and mushrooms, but I find if I chop them really well in the food processor, they don’t bother him as much. I chop each veggie in my mini-food processor, but you could just as easily throw them all into a full-sized food processor and get the job done in no time. The tiny veggie pieces tend to blend in nicely with the sauce. You could easily add some chopped spinach or other greens right in with the meat. We eat our sloppy joes with a green salad and some fruit on the side. We found nice whole wheat slider buns made at our local grocery store, but these can easily be served on a whole wheat or gluten-free wrap, pita bread or on top of a salad. You will definitely have leftovers, which can be eaten the next night or packed for lunch the next day.
This recipe is really easy on the wallet at $2.60 per serving! With a green salad and fruit on the side, it’s around $3.50 for a well-rounded, veggie-packed meal that the whole family will love!