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Kids' Sloppy Joes recipe

Kids' Sloppy Joes recipe

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Take lunch to the next level with this cheesy Sloppy Joes recipe; soft white bread rolls filled with veg-packed beef mince and Cheddar cheese. The lunch is top notch plus there's a chance to get a bit messy, is there anything that kids love more? See method

  • Serves 2
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 468 calories / serving


  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250g (from 500g pack) 5% fat beef mince
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • ½ carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 reduced-salt vegetable stock cube, made up to 100ml
  • 2 white batch rolls, sliced in half
  • 30g grated lighter mature cheese
  • 30g wild rocket
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    16g 23%
  • Saturates

    6g 29%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    1.2g 19%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 42.6g Protein 38.2g Fibre 5.4g


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the mince, onion, garlic, celery and carrot and fry for 5 mins until the mince is cooked through. 
  2. Stir in the tomato purée and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins until thickened. 
  3. Fill the rolls with the mince and top with the Cheddar and rocket. Serve with cherry tomatoes on the side.

See more Food ideas for kids

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.

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