Picky-Eater Sloppy Joes

Picky-Eater Sloppy Joes

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"My oldest is extremely picky and has only ever eaten one vegetable willingly - the potato. I had to get creative in hiding them. This is my homemade sloppy joe recipe which she eats every time and still has no clue about the veggies in the sauce. Using pre-chopped frozen onion or pre-shredded carrots cuts the prep time."
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35 m servings 285 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.4g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 14.2 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 643 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place red bell pepper, carrots, and onion in a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir vegetable mixture into ground beef; cook and stir until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Mix tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and molasses into ground beef mixture; cook and stir until heated through and slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Spread sloppy joe mixture into each bun using a slotted spoon.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If your child is picky about meat also (like mine), you can put some of the sloppy joe in the blender and puree further until it forms a paste and then spread on the bun.
  • Ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef. Yellow bell pepper can be used in place of red bell pepper.



A yummy way to get veggies into your kids diet.

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