1-2tbspCoconut sugar or date paste for Whole30**See notes for date paste
1tbspRed wine vinegar
Sweet Potato Rounds
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Wash 1-2 large round sweet potatoes. You will only need 1 large sweet potato if you want to serve the sloppy joes open faced (this is how i would recommend serving them because they are easier to eat with a fork).
Leaving skin on, slice potatoes in 1/4 to 1/2 inch rounds removing both ends.
Place round sin a bowl and roll lightly in avocado oil.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place rounds evenly space on baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until easily pierceable with fork.
Finely dice the peppers and onion.
Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Stir and cook until bacon is cooked. Remove from pan and place in a dish with paper towels to collect the grease. Set aside.
Drain the fat from the pan saving 1 tbsp of fat to cook the veggies with.
With the tbsp of fat in the pan used to cook the bacon, add onion. Allow the onion to cook on medium heat until it becomes translucent. Once the onion is translucent add the bell peppers. Let them cook and soften for several minutes before adding the garlic to the pan.
Once the garlic has cooked for about a minute and becomes fragrant, add the beef to the pan. Break up the beef as it begins to brown, mixing it into the vegetable mixture.
Once beef is mostly cooked, add the broth to deglaze the pan.
Add in the remaining ingredients, stir and simmer while the liquid evaporates.
Once beef has fully cooked and liquid has mostly evaporate, add back in the bacon and stir.
Serve on top of sweet potato rounds.
To make date paste for Whole30 Sloppy Joes - Remove pit from 3 soft and fresh medjool dates and soak for 10-20 minutes in 3-4 tbsp. of very hot water. Make sure dates are fully covered with the water. Once dates have softened, add dates and soaking liquid to blender and puree until smooth. Use two tbsp. of this date paste in the recipe above in place of coconut sugar. The date paste is less sweet than the coconut sugar.