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Low Carb Take on Sloppy Joe's

Stuffed bell pepper

Sloppy Joes are a nostalgic recipe for a lot of people. I personally remember having them when I was in elementary school from the school cafeteria, and it was always a special day! Traditionally, these would be served on a bun and with ground beef and possibly some tater tots on the side. 

While this may still sound pretty yummy, living a healthier lifestyle after surgery challenges you to get a bit creative. I would personally say that 90% of the time, I’ve fallen in love with healthier versions of family recipes or nostalgic meals. 

Let’s take a look at this low carbohydrate take on Sloppy Joes by the Peace, Love and Low Carb blog

Low Carb Sloppy Joe Recipe by Peace, Love and Low Carb

Serving Size: ½ Stuffed Bell Pepper

Makes 8 Servings

Total Time: 35 minutes



Nutrition Information: 200 calories, total carbohydrates 9g, fiber 2g, total sugar 6g, protein 17g

What makes this a great recipe following bariatric surgery?

When looking at the nutrition information for this recipe, everything lines up perfectly. We want to make sure the total carbohydrates are less than 15 grams, total sugars less than 10 grams, and that the protein is higher than the total sugar. 

This is a high protein recipe that incorporates a little heart healthy fat from the olive oil, and vegetables from the bell pepper, onion, and well cooked celery. What a great trifecta! 

You can even add a little avocado or shredded cheese on top to help increase the total calories if you’re struggling to hit 800 calories per day as this is a slightly lower calorie recipe. 

Can I make substitutions?

Definitely! If you don’t like bell peppers, Peace, Love and Low Carb suggests using zucchini boats or portobello mushrooms as an alternative. Additionally, I’m personally not a huge fan of Dijon mustard due to its very distinct flavor. I swapped this out for regular yellow mustard, and they turned out great! 

What if I can’t have celery yet?

To help add a little celery flavor to this recipe, I’ve used a pinch of celery seeds (McCormick) to help get that celery flavor when I didn’t have celery on hand. Sometimes you can find celery powder at the store, but that’s a lot harder to come by.

Give It a Try!

Overall, I would highly recommend this recipe. I’ve personally made this recipe, and can attest to the fact that it is pretty tasty and not overly complicated to make! Give it a try and let us know what you think on our Instagram Story!

Katie Ott, MS, RD

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