Sweet “Sloppy Joe” Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1/2 medium red onion minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste, as tolerated
  • Sloppy Joe sauce:
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste, as tolerated
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 8 large dates pitted
  • 1 small lemon zested and juiced
  • 8 large leaves lettuce lettuce of your choice


  • Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, salt and pepper; cook, breaking up ground beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink.
  • Reduce skillet heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes, until ground beef is browned and cooked through.
  • In a food processor, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour sauce over the meat mixture and stir. Serve in lettuce wraps.


SERVING SUGGESTION: A relish tray of carrot and celery sticks, and cucumber spears; add Sweet Potato Fries (cut sweet potatoes into “fries”; toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in a 425-degree oven, turning once, until tender. NUTRITION: 519 Calories; 36g Fat (61.1% calories from fat); 33g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 117mg Cholesterol; 129mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fruit; 4 1/2 Fat.
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