I was going to make hamburgers for lunch last Saturday and realized I only had one pound of hamburger, which would make for pretty wimpy burgers. How to stretch it? I had already bought the buns (sprouted whole wheat buns from The Sprouted Bakehouse) so it was time to get creative. Sloppy Joes! But the only recipe I had called for a can of tomato soup, ketchup, and worcestershire. Well, the Maple and Bacon Baked Beans turned out pretty well, why not makeover the Sloppy Joes recipe?
I’m glad I did. Even the kids loved it. LOVED it. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. pastured ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
- 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 4 T. tomato paste
- 1 T. raw honey
- 2 t. organic dijon mustard
- 1 T. lemon juice
- sea salt and black pepper
- In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef, drain, and set aside.
- Using the same pan, saute the onions, celery, and red pepper until they’re tender crisp, about 7 minutes. Add ground beef.
- In a food processor, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, mustard, and lemon juice and process until well-blended into a sauce. Add the sauce to the beef mixture. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.