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Making Healthy Choices- Killer Sloppy Joe’s

Once you try this Killer Sloppy Joe’s with Portobella Mushrooms recipe I’m sure it’s going to become a family favorite just as it has mine. Loaded with fiber, this recipe also uses portobella mushrooms instead of the traditional hamburger bun which is really helpful for those looking for a healthier version of this age-old favorite, or for those looking for recipes to support their weight management goals. This entree is relatively quick and easy to make which is always a plus in my opinion, and has become one that I use frequently any time of year.


large garlic clove
1 white or yellow onion, diced
extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) or beef broth
1 pound ground beef
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce (preferably organic)
1-2 tablespoon Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
1 packet Stevia Plus- for EACH Tbsp of ACV
1 green bell pepper (preferably organic), diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2-3 medium-sized carrots, shredded
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (boosts metabolism), to taste

Jalapeño pepper (canned or fresh)- diced, add to taste (optional)
portobella mushrooms1 drop Young Living’s Vitality Basil essential oil (optional)
1 drop Young Living’s Vitality Oregano essential oil (ONLY 1 drop/or less- use toothpick) (optional)

4 Portobello mushrooms

In large frying pan, add small amount of extra-virgin olive oil or beef broth and cook onion and garlic until slightly browned. Add ground beef and brown.

Add tomato sauce plus 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV, 1 packet of Stevia for each tablespoon of ACV, along with diced bell peppers, diced celery, shredded carrots, and jalapeno’s; add cayenne pepper to taste too, if desired. Cook on medium heat for appx 15 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened.

portobella mushroom tea kettleIn another pan sprayed with EVOO, place a large, bun-sized portabella mushroom in the pan. I like using a cast iron skillet. Using another pan or tea kettle filled with water (my fav- makes it nice and heavy) place it onto of the mushroom and cook until browned on both sides.

Place mushroom on place and add sloppy joe mixture and ENJOY! Serves 4

STEVIA PLUS- by Sweetleaf
It’s the only Stevia product I use because it does not contain maltodextrin, which should be AVOIDED! Learn more about why the type of Stevia you use should matter here!

BEEF BROTH- using beef broth instead of vegetable oils is a great alternative, especially for those wanting to watch their weight
Using an essential oil, you’ll get a brighter flavor than dried herbs without the hassle of fresh herbs.

Vitality Basil essential oil
Vitality Oregano essential oil- A very HOT oil! ALWAYS DILUTE before taking internally. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

I love to use essential oils in recipes whenever possible because of their INCREDIBLE health benefits but I’m extra careful to add them last in cooked recipes, as I don’t want to destroy any of the healthy but delicate constituents in the oil that might be destroyed by heating it. Adding them to my recipes is just one more way of receiving their valuable benefits. Essential oils are extremely concentrated so it usually only takes a drop of two, depending on the essential oil, so be very careful when adding to recipes. Always check the label on the bottle to make sure that it is safe to ingest.


I use Young Livings pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils everyday and consider them an invaluable tool in living a healthy and vibrant lifestyle, and of making healthy choices. From the time I wake up in the morning until I crawl into bed they are a part of my everyday lifestyle, and believe wholeheartedly that everyone would benefit from their use. Find out why I’m so crazy in love with Young Living’s essential oils here!


A word of warning about the use of essential oils… because of their purity and Young Living’s SEED-TO-SEAL process they are the ONLY ones that I would EVER consider ingesting! Please DO NOT go down to your grocery store, or even your health food store and think that you can use those in the same way as it could be dangerous and toxic to do so. Chances are they contain harmful chemicals and they may have a warning label saying DO NOT INGEST… now you know why?

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