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Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Basil Essential Oil


If you need a great recipe to help your kids eat a few vegetables, this is it! Now you can feel good about feeding your kids some great vegetables with added essential oil benefits in a dish they will love!


[recipe title=”Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Essential Oils” servings=”4″ time=”30 minutes active; 20 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]


  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) green pepper, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1–2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 lb. (454 g) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup (35 g) mushrooms, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) chili sauce, optional
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • Pita bread rounds or hamburger buns


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the minced onion, celery, and green pepper until soft.
  2. Add minced garlic and basil essential oil; continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground beef, and cook until browned.
  4. Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and water. Simmer for 15–20 minutes uncovered.
  5. Serve on pita bread or buns.

Note: The easiest way to make these sloppy joes is to simply pulse the vegetables in a food processor until they are small enough to blend in with the ground beef.


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