When I was in elementary school we were served “sloppy joe” sandwiches. They were just that…sloppy. They were also salty. As a kid, I didn’t even pay attention to the nutrient content of foods, but now I do. There is a food product in stores that some folks use to make sloppy joe type meals, but the mix can be high in sodium.
This recipe is a lower sodium version with more flavor and freshness for a healthier choice. This recipe is a good source of protein to add variety to your diet. You can even make a larger batch and freeze in individual containers to bring out on days that you do not feel like cooking.
**This is a medium to high potassium food, so if your potassium is restricted, check with your dietitian before trying this.
“Sloppy Joe with Sodium Low”
2 lbs ground beef (85% lean or greater)
1 large onion, chopped
1 med. green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 medium fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or 1 can no salt added petite diced tomatoes)
1/3 c. regular ketchup
1/3 c. BBQ sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1 Tbsp. Toasted Onion and Garlic Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic seasoning (no sodium or potassium)
1 Tbsp. Sweet & Spicy Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic seasoning (no sodium or potassium)
1 tsp. LS taco seasoning (from a low sodium taco mix pkt)
1 c. water
Add ingredients to the pan in order listed. Let simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring often. Serve on a hamburger bun (like a Sloppy Joe) or by itself with other sides.
Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition