Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe
The new meal for this week is a Sloppy Joe Casserole dish that I kinda stole from Rachel Rae. Okay, in my defense, if you make a video of you making it and you put it online, you're begging us to steal it, right?
I made this for dinner one night and it made 11 servings. Two of which, my son and I ate right away. That left 9 servings for me to dish up for the next two weeks. I made some honey balsamic brussel sprouts as a side item with this dish which...neither of us really loved. But I found that if I alternated eating one brussel sprout every two bites of casserole, it wasn't too bad. When we're wanting this meal, we simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then microwave it for 2 minutes and it's ready. This is incredibly convenient for lunch or after work.
Of course, as usual, I've provided the essential health metrics, you know for tracking purposes! I have entered the recipe for this dish on both MyFitnessPal and Weight Watchers in order to be able to provide the numbers for you. You're welcome! If you just want the recipe though, feel free to scroll on down to the bottom of this post. Thick skinned, won't hurt my feelings, promise!
I mainly use the MyFitnessPal website to track my meals. This allows me to keep track of how many calories I consume each day, as well as Sodium, Protein, Fat, etc. Unlike Fitbit, MyFitnessPal also tracks the sugar in each meal which is fairly important for a weight loss journey.
One of the main problems with my diet is that I regularly don't consume enough calories. MyFitnessPal helps me to know when I need to eat more and I'm learning to spread smaller meals throughout the day to get those calories in.
Admittedly, I didn't expect Sloppy Joe Casserole to be a super healthy dish. Dishes that contain a lot of pasta aren't typically real healthy. This dish is 487 calories per serving. It contains 24 grams of total fat which is 37% of your daily value. 14 of those grams are Saturated fat.
It contains 79mg of Cholesterol which is 26% of your daily value. Sodium content is 1,005mg, yikes! That is 42% of your daily value so you'll want to watch your sodium in the other dishes you consume the same day as this one. MyFitnessPal recommends 2,300mg of sodium per day.
The dish contains 204mg Potassium which is 6% of your daily value. Total Carbohydrates are 40 grams which is 13% of your daily value. Dietary Fiber is 2 grams which is 9%. Sugars are 7 grams and Protein is 27 grams which is 53% of your daily value.
Vitamin A is 21%, Vitamin C is 31%, Calcium is 39%, and Iron is 17% of your daily value. Keep in mind the Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because this Sloppy Joe Casserole has not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you're following the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, this meal won't be one that you want to frequent. It is a whopping 14 points total for one serving! As you can see from the breakdown below, the high number of points is due to the cheese, ground beef, and pasta.
You would want to find a few meals with real low points for days you want to have Sloppy Joe Casserole. Of course, you could also get creative and alter the recipe to reduce the points. For instance, ground turkey would be a suitable replacement and wouldn't have nearly as many points, if any. But remember, if your aiming for 26 points per day, you could also eat low point meals for two meals on this day so that this delicious dish doesn't hurt ya so bad.
While this meal isn't necessarily one of the most healthier meals I make, it is a great comfort food and one that my son enjoys. Since he doesn't complain about the super healthy meals, I don't complain about the comfort meals now and then. It works out! Remember, the idea is to forget skinny and be a healthy and fit badass, not cheat yourself of delicious food. Everything is fine in moderation, right?
P.S. Scroll all the way down for the recipe!
Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe
Rachel Rae's Sloppy Joe Casserole
- 16 oz Elbow Macaroni (Cooked, drained)
- 1 lb ground beef (cooked)
- 1 unit Onion (chopped)
- 1 unit red pepper (chopped)
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup beef stock
- 4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Boil pasta. Drain.
- Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown ground beef. Drain fat.
- Add minced garlic, chopped onion and red peppers to ground beef.
- In a mixing bowl, combine tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, sea salt, and beef stock. Mix well.
- Turn off heat. Combine pasta, beef mixture, and sauce mixture in skillet.
- Add half of cheese to mixture and fold until cheese is mixed in.
- Pour mixture into casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.