Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Mom’s Sloppy Joes


Revisit your childhood and enjoy this American classic made with wholesome ingredients, more flavors, and less salt than the premade canned versions. This recipe takes me back to memories of quick weeknight meals when my mother was trying to feed four kids in a hurry and on a budget—plus serve us something we actually liked!

Nonstick cooking spray

1½ pounds supreme lean ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

⅓ cup catsup (without high-fructose corn syrup)

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon brown sugar

8 100 percent whole-grain thin sandwich rolls, such as Thomas’ sandwich thins (optional)

1 Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, and place it over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until it is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain off any grease.

2 Mix in the onion and celery, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

3 Stir in the tomato sauce, catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and brown sugar. Bring the liquid to a simmer, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

4 Toast the sandwich rolls (if using), spoon about ¾ cup of sloppy joe onto each roll or plate, and serve.

Serving Tip: With so much flavor, this recipe can be eaten without the bun to keep the carbohydrates down. Otherwise, start by trying these sloppy joes served open faced on half of a toasted thin roll.

Per Serving (¾ cup): Calories: 269 Total fat: 5g Sodium: 656mg Total carbs: 32g Sugar: 6g Fiber: 6g Protein: 24g

Post-Op Servings

image ¾ cup sloppy joe