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Celebratory Sloppy Joes

Celebratory Sloppy Joes

sloppy joesDid you all have a wonderful 4th of July? We found ourselves doing the family potluck thing, but with a little spin this year. Instead of just gathering for the grub, we met together early in the morning to redo the landscaping at the family patriarch’s home.

Who knew that holiday family time could be more than just casual conversation and random food?

Though I took Quinoa Vegetable Salad and a Celery and Apple Salad to our little get together, these Sloppy Joes make for a wonderful dish to take to a get-together or just to serve the immediate family. They’re so tasty your family will never guess they’re good for you, too.

We’ve been talking about alfalfa this month and the many benefits it can bring to your health. Alfalfa is very easy for the body to assimilate and boasts of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, silicon, biotin, and folic acid.


I like to think of alfalfa as the spirulina of the land… but minus the pond-scum taste. And in this recipe, it offers wonderful health benefits without affecting flavor. At all. It’s like having your cake and eating it, too. Mmm… cake.

bowl of alfalfa and stuff

Anyway… let’s talk taste. As you may remember, I have a husband who hates condiments of any kind. Yes, that includes the staple of any American diet: ketchup. Prior to discovering this recipe, his diet preferences kept sloppy joes off our menu.

A sad situation, I know.

But no longer. This recipe offers an amazing twist to the traditional sloppy joe with a kick to boot. The addition of cinnamon is perhaps the most unique aspect of this recipe and honestly that’s what I love about the recipe. And even though it includes a wee bit of ketchup, my husband didn’t even notice. It’s just that good.

We served up our sloppy joes on homemade pitasKinda negates the “sloppy” factor, I guess. 


If you like a little pizzaz to your joe, add 1 T of white vinegar along with the tomato paste and ketchup. And get ready to wow the crowd at your next gathering.


Celebratory Sloppy Joes
Serves 4
An amazing twist in flavor to the traditional sloppy joe with a kick to boot.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
309 calories
19 g
70 g
17 g
23 g
6 g
249 g
866 g
12 g
1 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309
Calories from Fat 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 866mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 12g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 onion, chopped
  2. 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  3. 3 garlic cloves
  4. 2 T. coconut or olive oil
  5. 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  6. 2 t. chili powder
  7. 1 t. roasted ground cumin
  8. 1 t. ground cinnamon
  9. 1 t. salt
  10. 2 T. alfalfa, dried
  11. 6 oz can tomato paste
  12. 1 T. molasses
  13. 1/4 cup ketchup
  14. 3/4 cup water
  15. 1 T. white vinegar (optional)
  1. 1. Place onions, peppers, garlic in oil in a cast iron pan and saute until softened.
  2. 2. Add ground beef and cook until nearly done, chopping at the meat as you go to achieve small clumps.
  3. 3. Add water, tomato paste, ketchup, and molasses.
  4. 4. Stir in remaining spices and simmer for 5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Serve with buns or pita pockets.
Adapted from Pinch My Salt
Adapted from Pinch My Salt
Thrive! CMH Holistic Health & Wellness Center


This recipe has been shared at Thank Your Body ThursdayTasty TraditionsSimple Lives Thursday,Make Your Own Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Better Mom MondayRecipe Sharing Monday,Teach Me TuesdaysFat TuesdaysMelt In Your Mouth MondayNatural Living Link-Up and Welcome Home Wednesday.