Sloppy Joes, HEAB Style

by HEAB on October 4, 2010

Inspired by Polly, I cooked sloppy joes for dinner last night. First, I threw together my seasonings based on this recipe.


1 TBSP minced onion

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp chili powder

Dash red pepper flakes

1 tsp tapioca starch

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp celery seeds

I then browned 1 onion, 1 green bell pepper, and 1 pound grass fed finished beef in a skillet over medium high heat.


Once that was done, I mixed my seasonings with 1 and 1/4 cup water and added it to the meat along with a small can of tomato paste. I turned the heat down to low, and allowed everything to simmer for 10 minutes. Then for the secret ingredient…


I added 2 TBSP of Maranatha almond butter and removed our sloppy joe mix from the heat, allowing it to thicken while CD cooked the veggies.


Dinner is served.

Be back later. Off to yoga! 🙂


sofia July 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

just tried this recipe tonight and i LOVED it! thanks 🙂

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Almond butter in sloppy joes? That is GENIUS!!! I’ve been wanting sloppy joes.. I think I’m going to try some lentil sloppy joes to fix my craving!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Ever made snobby joes? My favorite lentil recipe, and I think it would be great with nut butter!


1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 T olive oil (I used 1/4 cup water instead)
1 medium yellow onion, small dice
1 green bell pepper, seeded, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T chile powder
2 t dried oregano
1 t salt
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
2-3 T maple syrup
1 T prepared yellow mustard

Pour the lentils and water into small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done, preheat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil (or water!) for about minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute for a minute more.

Stir in the cooked lentils, chile powder, oregano, and salt. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup to taste and the mustard, and heat through.

Turn off the heat and let the pot sit for about 10 minutes, so the flavors can meld.

Shelby October 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Whoa sounds amazing!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

That looks delicious! Ooo, my family has a secret ingredient for Sloppy Joes– a spoonful of jam/jelly! Sounds crazy, but it adds something awesome.

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Yes, I can see how that would be awesome…a touch of sweetness. Must try that next time. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

lindsay October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

another great use for almond butter! Perfect!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

omg as a kid I loved the taste of sloppy joes, the seasoning and the tomato based blend…never ever liked meat though. Or the buns (gluten)…I guess I just “knew” even as a kid. I would literally eat Manwhich out of the can before my mom poured it all over the meat. I loved the taste…haha!

This recipe of yours looks similar to CD’s chili, with the AB addition! Which, i have been wanting to make that, too. It’s just been soo hot here the past week, but finally I think is cooling off and chili season is here…maybe 🙂

Hope yoga was blissful. I am sure the Heablet loves it. I used to know when Skylar liked or didnt like things towards the end of my pregnancy based on how much or little she’d kick or move 🙂

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

I think the yoga was definitely HEABlet approved. Gentle class this morning – just what my body needed. 🙂

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

That’s cool that you made your own seasoning. Its been so long since I made sloppy joes. Its definitely a cold weather comfort food.

Cindy October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

gosh my family does NOT like sloppy joes, but I LOVE THEM.


I have that exact almond butter…I may just have to brave the rejection and try it!

plus my millet “bread” turned out yum! having some now!

I think I want to try pearl barly next!
Enjoy your yoga!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

I’m so glad the millet bread turned out well…I think it would taste great crumbled on top of some almond butter sloppy joes!

Cindy October 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm


see, that’s what I love…thinking outside the box!

I was already plotting how to use this instead of a lot of other breads.

sweet and savory!

Mallory October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

mmmmmm……hello dinner….writing this recipe down as we speak 🙂 i always wondered what the season combo was…i tink celery seed may be the missing ingredient of my past hahah

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

Yes, the celery seed was definitely a nice touch. Enjoy! 🙂

Heather (Heather's Dish) October 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

it has been TOO LONG since i’ve had sloppy joes…i think that needs to change! can you imagine how great that would be with cornbread?! yum!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

Almond Butter sloppy joes + cornbread would = heaven. 🙂

Katie October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

That recipe needs to go out to every mom in the world. My mom used to try to force feed me sloppies and I hated them. Had she put some nut butter in there, I bet I would have LOVED them!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

Agreed – I used to hate sloppy joes growing up…definitely think some peanut butter would have remedied that situation. 🙂

Alyssa October 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

Golly, everytime I read your blog, I want brussels sprouts!!
Do you buy yours fresh or frozen? Peeling and chopping is such a pain 🙂

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

We buy fresh and take turns chopping. Definitely my least favorite part of meal preparation, but always so worth it in the end!

Abigail October 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

I love substituting vegetables in place of bread or pasta, especially when eating meat! And good gravy your uses of almond butter are always so inspired!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

We do too. I love serving burgers or pasta type sauces atop veggies rather than a boring bun. Stir-fried veggies offer so much more flavor!

polly October 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

mmmmm sloopy joes. 🙂

Love you, honey! So happy you tried them. When you get some pumpkin, you gotta throw some in. mmm.

Have a wonderful day and hope yoga was fun! XOXO

Felicia October 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

that looks delicious!

eatmovelove October 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

Is there anything Almond Butter cannot do? It is perfection.

Love this idea – I need to do more stuff with seasonings and spices. I tend to just use my typical “dumpings” 😉 of mustard, spaghetti sauce, salsa and vinegars. Of course, that could go with the seasonings…:)

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

You sound like CD – he loves dumping mustard on everything, but then again, I guess I do as well. 🙂

eatmovelove October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

Yes, I am slightly jealous that you found CD before me 😉 LOL.

I was going to ask you before about he feels about your approach to exercise now? Clearly he runs (alot!) and well and I know you feel that this isn’t as necessary, etc. Individual thing?

Also – what is your perspective on the current Marie Claire article that Caitlin has written about on her blog?! Quite the controversy!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

CD supports any exercise I choose to do, whether that be running or yoga or nothing but a walk. He runs for fun and for the competitive aspect – it’s never been about “exercising” for him. Does that make sense? He simply runs out of a love for the sport. So, I fully support him as well.

As far as the Marie Claire article goes, I don’t really have a perspective to share at the moment.

Stefanie October 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

Great idea to add the almond butter. 🙂

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 4, 2010 at 8:19 am

HEAB as always you are a genius — a sloppy joe sounds perfect in this cold MN weather!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:28 am

Enjoy Holly. Hope it warms your belly. 🙂

rebecca lustig October 4, 2010 at 8:07 am

you’ve had me since Almond butter… 😉

hope yoga was relaxing and mindful!

Lynn October 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

Ooooo that looks delicious!!!!
P.S. I made a veggie scramble the other night! It was deeeeeelicious!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

Love my veggie scrambles. Glad you enjoyed yours as well. 🙂

melissa @ the delicate place October 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

have fun at yoga! since i’m gluten free i’m still tweaking things and trying new flours. how do you like the tapioca? or do you use it like a corn starch to thicken things in this sloppy joe application. coconut flour is cheaper for me than almond flour but the textures DEF vary so much!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’ve never used tapioca flour – just the starch in place of cornstarch for thickening purposes, and it works great. Love both coconut and almond flours, but both are really pricey!

Abi October 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

I’ve been using my coffee grinder to grind coconut flakes into “coconut flour”. It seems to work great and organic bulk coconut is usually 2.50/lb! 🙂 I bet a sifter would make it even more like flour following the grinding.

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

Awesome – thanks for the tip Abi!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

I have been craving sloppy joes! Yours looks delicious! Have fun at yoga!

Jessica @ How Sweet October 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

Almond butter in sloppy joes?! I must try this!

Hands in Namaste October 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

I would have never thought to put almonds butter in sloppy joes!

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hands in Namaste,
That’s why I’m here – to remind you that when it comes to almond butter, the possibilities are endless…I think you need to suggest almond butter gelato to those Italians! 😉

Emily October 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I laughed at first, but Almond butter gelato would actually probably be really good. A nice dark chocolate gelato with a swirl of almond butter that has been sweetened with maple syrup and enhanced with a touch of finely ground sea salt. Then topped with thinly sliced almonds. Mmmmm.

HEAB October 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Seriously, you should work for Ben & Jerry. 🙂

JenniferLeah October 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Oh my. YeS! yEs! YES!!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 4, 2010 at 7:42 am

oooh, with almond butter? That would give it a nice nutty finish.

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