And those kids deserve to have real food to eat too! You can still clean up the way your family is eating and keep the food something that children that maybe aren’t used to real food will eat.
I also use sprouted red beans in my mix. And there are 2 reasons for this. The first is to stretch my meat budget. While I think I get a pretty great price for grassfed beef where I live, with 3 bottomless pits to feed (make that 4 to include my husband!) it just makes good stewardship sense to stretch my budget where I can. We digest sprouted beans very well and you can’t tell the difference in the texture of the mixture. Sprouted beans also bump up the nutrient level as the sprouting makes more of their nutrients available to absorb (it also takes away the “gassy” in the beans!). If you don’t tolerate beans in your diet, you can just double up on the beef!
Real Food Sloppy Joes
- 2 lb grassfed ground beef
- 6 cups <a href="http://www.raisinggenerationnourished.com/2014/03/sprouting-beans-soups-stir-frys-wraps-dips-salads/" target="_blank" title="Sprouting Beans For Soups Stir Frys, Wraps, Dips, and Salads">sprouted/cooked red beans - this is about a pound of dry beans (OR an additional 2lbs pound of beef if you are leaving the beans out)
- 2 medium onions chopped
- 2 green peppers chopped (I actually just buzz up the onion and pepper in my processor quick!)
- 1 head of garlic minced
- 2 ½ cups organic ketchup watch ingredients – no HFCS
- ¼ cup organic mustard again – watch ingredients!
- 2 – 4 TB pure maple syrup
- 1 cup bone broth or water
- 1 TB chili powder
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes more if you want more kick
- Sea salt/pepper to taste
- ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca flour mixed in a little water for thickening
- In a big soup pot cook the onion and green pepper in a good ¼ cup or so of friendly fat (butter, coconut oil, or lard) for a 5ish minutes with a pinch of salt to bring out the juices and sweeten.
- Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
- Add the ground beef and brown through.
- Add the cooked beans, ketchup, mustard, maple syrup, water, chili powder, and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Simmer about 10ish minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the arrowroot/water mixture and heat through until thickened.
- Serve on a bun of your choosing, or if you are grain free it is delicious in a big lettuce bowl, or over a baked potato!
For the real food potato chips you see in the photos above, check out THIS post!
Let me know how the kids like them!