Sloppy Joes

An American classic- the syn free version!

Wikipedia’s definition is: A sloppy joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, served on ahamburger bun.[1] The dish originated in the United States during the early 20th century.’

So basically a bolognese stuffed roll! I used to love bolognese sandwiches when I was little and never knew that I was eating Sloppy Joes!

They are really yummy- can be dressed up for dinner, or dressed down for lunch. I like mine served with sweet potatoe fries and salad.


My Recipe

Serves: 4
Syns: none
Healthy Extra: B


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 500g lean mince (5% fat)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 1 sweet potato (grated)
  • 1 dessert spoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef oxo cube
  • 1 dessert spoon soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped oregano (or dry if you don’t have fresh)
  • 4 (60g) wholemeal bread rolls


  1. Use Frylight to gently fry the chopped onion (about 10 minutes until it’s well softened. Add the garlic, and fry for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the mince and stir fry until it is browned – breaking it up with the spoon as you go so you don’t get clumps
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes, and bring to a simmer
  4. Add in the grated carrot, grated sweet potato,Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, tomato puree, oregano, sweetener and sprinkle over the beef oxo. Stir well, season and leave on a low simmer. I like to simmer mine for at least an hour so that it’s all really nicely blended and the tomatoes break down, but you could give it half an hour if you were in a hurry!
  5. Serve in a wholemeal roll (healthy extra B) with whatever you fancy!

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