Good-for-you Sloppy Joes

By J Kate

Bran cereal stretches the ground beef while also adding fiber and nutrients to these hearty sandwiches.

Good-for-you Sloppy Joes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)

  • 1/2 cup chopped red or green sweet pepper

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot or zucchini

  • 1 cup All-Bran cereal

  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce

  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles or diced tomatoes with green chiles

  • 1 tablespoonWorcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoonsground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoonsalt

  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns

  1. In a large skillet cook beef, onion, sweet pepper, and carrot until meat is brown; drain fat. Stir in bran cereal, tomato sauce, undrained diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Serve in buns.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 270
Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 650 mg
Carbohydrate 35 g
Fiber 5 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 18 g


8 replies

Glcemicman 2014-09-17 00:15:41 -0500 Report

Disgusting & unhealthy in many ways: Let's start with greasy red meat: Why not use soy crumbles in place of illness-causing red meat. This recipes also recommends adding 1/4th tsp of salt. Why? Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce already has added salt and we all know too much sodium causes hypertension. I vote thumbs down on this recipe. I also agree with ditching the rather high "low carb" bun (35 g. of starch! Ug!).

sprny27 2014-07-19 14:07:45 -0500 Report

Instead of using any kind of bun I use Portbella Mushrooms excuse typos please as I try to stay away from any bread but I like sloppy joes.

Anonymous 2013-06-10 17:32:37 -0500 Report

I have to agree… Why not use bulgar wheat? I have hard red wheat I use to make flour and because it is full of bran and all the fiber it barely spikes my blood sugars.. also I use Josephs pita breads and they are Very Low Carb…Just sayin?

JerryD916 2013-04-28 20:34:06 -0500 Report

Sorry, but with 8 grams of animal fat and 8 grams of sugar per serving, I wouldn't exactly call this "healthy". "Healthier", undoubtedly, but not healthy. I would have used 1/2 ground turkey breast with 1/2 lean ground beef. All-bran cereal is full of added sugar, and it is easy enough to find wheat bran or oat bran in many supermarkets nowadays. Worcester sauce also has a lot of sugar in it. When a recipe calls for Worcester sauce, I usually substitute with some anchovies, some rehydrated and chopped raisins, and a bit of sweetener (Splenda or stevia, or even a little bit of local raw honey).

CHenry9973 2013-04-19 16:43:37 -0500 Report

The recipe looks great, but for a fun twist and to get children to eat them… use whole wheat biscut dough… flatten the dough and put some of the sloppy joe mix inside, fold the dough over to make a packet, then bake. My grandkids love them that way, they are the 'not so sloppy, sloppy joes'.