Saturday night, I was craving something hearty for dinner. It was bitterly cold – barely 20 for a daytime high – and I wanted something that would warm me up and stick to my bones. Since I’m doing a modified Whole30 as well, I needed something program compliant.
The answer to my “what’s for dinner?” dilemma came in the form of an Instagram story. A blogger I follow, Anna from Park Avenue, had posted a recipe for Whole30 Sloppy Joes and it was the answer to my need for a hearty meal prayers.
I took her original recipe (found here), tweaked it a bit, and loved it so much I made it for dinner this week.
The biggest change I made was swapping ground beef for ground turkey. It lightened the meal up considerably. I also used a touch more Dijon mustard, and then a touch more the second time I made it. Instead of a baked potato, I opted for fried potatoes. I think this recipe would be delicious over a baked sweet potato though!
Here’s my recipe, modified from Anna’s:
Whole30 Sloppy Joes:
- 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1-2 tbsp Dijon Mustard (or to taste)
- 1 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 Russet potato per person
- Brown ground turkey (or beef) in a pan over medium heat with garlic; I spray a bit of EVOO in the pan first. Drain any excess grease.
- Add peppers and onions and cook for just a few minutes – 3-5, tops
- Add tomato paste, Dijon mustard, and apple cider. I wanted mine to have a bit more of a “kick,” so I added a bit more than 2 TBSP the second time I made this. Work to your tastes buds; Mix well
- Pour in the tomato sauce, mix well, reduce eat, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- While your sloppy joes are simmering, prepare your potatoes as preferred – baked or fried
This is a great option for meal prep – it re-heats well, both stove top and in the microwave. If you’re doing Whole30, just make sure to read the labels on the tomato paste and sauce in case there are hidden sugars.
Bonus? This helped me cross off “try a new recipe” on my January Intentional Living Calendar!
On to the Health and Fitness Links I Love for the week!
Crawling Fixes Everything: My coach loves to have us crawl. It’s – not my favorite thing to do. It’s tough. But it’s also effective. This piece from ACE really breaks down why crawling is so beneficial. If you aren’t crawling, you should be!
Inside The Growing Field of Wellness Careers: Does it ever feel like everyone and their brother is a “life coach” or an “expert” in some field or other? It does to me. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in the wellness industry – folks offering coaching services sans the education to back it up. Well + Good has a great article on knowing what’s legitimate and what to pass on.
How Much Protein Do You Really Need?: Do you know how much protein you need? Probably more than you’re ingesting. Protein needs vary person-to-person based on things like caloric requirements, activity levels, and fitness goals. As a rule of thumb, 0.8 g/kg body weight is a good guideline. Just divide your weight in pounds by 2.2, then multiply by 0.8. Check out this SELF article for more.
27 Perfect Tweets About Whole30: I DIED reading this Huff Post piece. The tweet about the dishwasher and the one about Trader Joe…. YES. Total truth.
8 Fitness Trends for 2018: A good look for the fitness profession on where the industry is heading into a new year, also from ACE. I’m especially pumped about the prediction that more people will turn to functional training. (Crawling anyone?).
Read anything good this week? Try any new recipes this week? Leave a comment below!