Whole30 Day 30 — Sloppy Joes

For my last Whole30 recipe of the month, I would like to share a quick and easy version  of one of my favorite foods, Sloppy Joes.   If you have access to fresh dates you don’t have to boil them just toss them in the blender with the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Just add two tablespoons of plain water when called for.  Although this is a good recipe as is, I am going to experiment with the amount of dates and the amount of mustard in the recipe as I like my sloppy joes a little more tangy.  If you can’t find Dijon style mustard use yellow mustard and it will  be fine.

Sloppy Joe

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

1  TBS tomato paste

1 1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar

1 TBS yellow mustard

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

5 Medjool dates, pitted

1 russet Potato per person

In a medium frying pan over medium high heat, brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink; drain the grease.  Reduce the heat an add the green pepper, vinegar, mustard, garlic and salt.  Meanwhile, in a small pot bring the water to a boil.  add the dates and boil for one minute.   Remove the dates and save the water.  Place the dates into a blender with the tomato sauce and tomato paste.  Blend well.  Add the tomato mixture to the beef mixture with 2 tablespoons water.  Heat through.  Serve over baked russet potatoes.  




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