Sloppy Joe Bowls {whole30}

Charlie and I are officially 5 days away from completing whole30.

Well, kinda.

Whole30 in its “pure” form was KILLING us and it wasn’t sustainable. #sorrynotsorry What we really wanted to do was clean out our guts and start feeling better. I’d like to think that we’ve spent the last 25 days doing that. Regardless of the ONE ice cream splurge we had and the minimal wine, we’ve maintained a pretty solid whole30-like diet. I really DO feel a lot better and I think Charlie would agree that he does, too.

So what has been the secret to feeling better?

I think removing added sugar has helped a TON. Also, we drink WAY less now than before whole30. And we’ve eliminated most grains from our diet. Trust me, I’m ready to bring bread back in, but I need it way less now than when I began this journey!

One of our FAVE meals we found while embarking on this journey were these Sloppy Joe Bowls. On whole30 you can have baked potatoes and this little vessel became a staple in our home. Potatoes?! Count. Me. IN!!!

The recipe gets it’s sweetness from pureed dates and it seriously is like a big bowl of comfort food! And the best part…it packs up AMAZINGLY for lunch the next day!!!

Sloppy Joe Bowls

Ingredients

  • 5 medjool dates, pitted

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 green pepper, diced

  • 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 8 oz can tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 4 russet potatoes

  • 2 green onions, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 420. Poke holes in each potato and bake for 1 hour.

  2. Add dates and water into a blender or food processor (I use my nutribullet). Let sit.

  3. Meanwhile, brown the turkey over medium heat.

  4. Add the onion and cook until soft.

  5. Add the green pepper, apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, parsley, and salt. Mix well.

  6. Remove 1/2 of the water from the dates (reserving the liquid) and add tomato sauce and paste. Blend well and add to the meat mixture.

  7. Add reserved water to thin the mixture out to your liking.

  8. Serve inside baked potatoes with a sprinkle of green onions on the top.

 

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