It takes a lot of planning to come up with a weekly meal plan to work for a fructose free diet as well as a gluten free diet. Sometimes it’s exhausting with the daily schedules of the family! Even well thought out plans go out out the window from time to time. I have a few recipes that are go-tos like my gluten free sloppy joes, safe for fructose malabsorption. These are dinners the kids will eat it, fairly quick to make and I usually have the ingredients on hand. No pre-planning required. 🙂
This is a versatile recipe that I use quite often! TQ is a big fan! It can be customized a bit to your family’s taste.
Here’s a quick pic of the staples.
Heat 1 Tb or so of garlic oil in large skillet until fragrant ( 1-2 minutes) on medium high heat.
Add your ground meat. I used ground beef, but we’ve also used ground turkey.
Brown the meat, breaking up large pieces with a wooden spoon until all browned.
Drain or scoop off any excess fat. I use a really lean beef.
Sprinkle paprika, ground pepper and Tajin over meat and give it quick stir. Tajin is a new find for me (thanks to my sister!) It’s a blend of chili’s and lime, quite tasty. (and not spicy at all)
Add tomato sauce, dextrose and dijon. In this batch, I also added a 1/4 cup of finely minced red pepper to boost the veggie content a bit.
Simmer for 10 minutes or so until all spices meld and meat is tender. If the mixture seems too thick, add a bit of water to thin the sauce.
Spoon meat onto bun and sprinkle with a touch of chopped parsley for freshness and a pop of color.
Enjoy on a bun, or on a potato. We’ll eat it the first night served on buns. For leftovers: I bake up a few potatoes and scoop out the centers, fill with the sloppy joe meat, top with a bit of grated cheddar (good lactose free tip: use Cabot sharp cheddar) – pop them into the oven to melt the cheese (5-10 min at 350) Very yummy!
This gluten free sloppy joe recipe can be completed 30 minutes or less! Winner.
- 1 lb ground sirloin or your choice of meat
- 1 Tb garlic oil
- 2Tb powdered dextrose
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika!)
- 1/2 tsp- to taste ground pepper
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 Tb dijon mustard
- 1-2 tsp Tajin seasoning (optional) it has notes of lime and chilis
- 1 Tb fresh parsley finely chopped (optional)
- 1 green onion, green only
- Heat garlic oil in large skillet until fragrant ( 1-2 minutes) on medium high heat.
- Add ground meat. I used ground beef, but turkey is also delicious.
- Brown meat, breaking up large pieces until all browned.
- Drain/ scoop off any excess fat.
- Sprinkle spices over meat and give quick stir.
- Add tomato sauce and dijon.
- Simmer for 10 minutes or so until all spices meld and meat is tender. May add water if too thick.
- Spoon meat onto a GF bun and sprinkle with a touch of chopped parsley and green onion. Enjoy!