Sloppy Joes Au Naturel

My husband is quite an honest food critic.  No feather fluffing in this house!  So when he declared last night that these sloppy joe’s are his new favorite, I knew I had found something good.  Yay!  There’s hope for my cooking yet!

I found this recipe on a food blog called Gnowfglins (with a few of my own changes), and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places for dinner ideas.  She’s been cooking traditionally for quite awhile now, and wholeheartedly believes in it, offering classes and a plethora of info.  She inspires me.

(These measurements feed 8-10, so change as needed)

What you’ll need

Rice mixture:

2 cup brown rice

4 cup filtered hot water + 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional; for overnight soaking of grains)

2 cups stock (optional, but I highly recommend it, so tasty) + 2 cups water


Meat mixture:

2 pound grass fed ground beef or lamb (We used New Zealand lamb mince … oh yum.)

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed


Meat Sauce:

1 can tomato paste

3 tbsp olive oil  (I don’t include the oil because the meat is so fatty, so this is optional)

3 tbsp raw honey

3/4 cups water

2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper



  • Grated cheese
  • Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado, sliced and salted

To Do

  • The night before, put rice, hot water and apple cider vinegar into a large mason jar.  Screw top on tight (this will help to generate heat throughout soaking time) and let sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours.  Soaking in an acidic medium will promote better digestion.  For those wanting to learn more about this you can read all about it HERE.
  • *If you’re currently dealing with digestive problems and have trouble digesting grains, another option is to use white rice, as the bran and germ have already been removed, making it a low-phytate food and easier to digest (although of course, now it is devoid of any vitamins and minerals).
  • When ready to prepare dinner, drain the rice, rinse and put into a large pot.  Add the stock and water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about an hour.  Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • While rice is cooking, prepare meat sauce.  Stir together tomato paste, water, honey, oil, salt and pepper.
  • In a large saucepan, add meat, onions and garlic.  Cook on medium heat until the meat is browned.
  • Add the meat sauce, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare garnishes (In my mind, our garnishes made this dish)
  • Serve and dive in!!!!!!!!