Low-FODMAP Sloppy Joes and Zucchini Fries

There’s something about a good ol’ sloppy joe that I just love, which means that this meal for two makes me really happy!  You might not be able to eat a traditional sloppy joe and fries on the low-FODMAP diet, but this take on the childhood classic is so good you won’t even miss the original.

Utensils/appliances you’ll need for this meal:

  • One medium/large nonstick baking sheet
  • Cooking spray (if your baking sheet isn’t nonstick)
  • A medium-sized mixing bowl
  • A medium-sized skillet
  • These measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • A cooktop and an oven!

The Zucchini Fries

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 organic zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkle of ground black pepper


  • Before beginning your meal prep, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In your mixing bowl, toss the zucchini, garlic oil, Parmesan cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper until all zucchini slices are evenly coated.
  • Place the zucchini slices in a single layer on your nonstick/sprayed baking sheet.  Be sure to lay them skin-side down on the sheet.
  • Put them in the oven for 15 minutes; once that time is complete, set the oven to broil and let them broil for 3 additional minutes.

The Sloppy Joes

After your fries are in the oven, get to work on the sloppy joes.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • One package of Udi’s or Kinnickinnick gluten-free burger buns (These are, by far, the best gluten-free burger buns I’ve found on the market!  Fluffy and tasty.)
  • A pound of extra-lean ground turkey or beef (I’ve found, over time, that beef is one of my triggers…not because of FODMAPs, but just because it’s hard on my system.  If this is you, ground turkey tastes fantastic for this recipe!)
  • A bottle of Fody Food Co.’s low-FODMAP BBQ sauce (Seriously, one of the best BBQ sauces I’ve ever had!)


  • In your medium-sized skillet, cook the ground turkey/beef over medium-high heat.
  • Once the ground turkey/beef is completely cooked, drain any grease from the meat and then thoroughly coat the cooked meat in BBQ sauce.
  • Put the pan back on the cooktop over low heat, just to keep it warm until the zucchini fries are done.

Once your zucchini fries are done, plate the meat on the buns and toss the fries on the side.  That’s it!  Easy-peasy and ready within 20 minutes or so.  And if you need more than two servings, just double the recipe accordingly for the whole family!

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