I know. I’m weird.
Anyway, the husband requested Sloppy Joe’s so I obliged. I just didn’t tell him I wasn’t going to use the canned stuff.
I was hoping he wouldn’t notice but he did. His problem wasn’t the HORDE of vegetables I used. It wasn’t the fact I served them on whole grain buns. Nope, it was that there wasn’t enough “sauce.” I believe they weren’t SLOPPY enough for him.
I guess I should NOT have made a light, flavorful, “neat” Sloppy Joe. lol
The Little Guy ate it but he’s just not a fan of this type of meal in general. He didn’t like the pulled pork I made a few weeks ago either. BUT he ate both with a little coaxing and a firm voice saying “no dessert unless your plate is clean.” That gets him every time. :)
Here’s what I did. Oh! and I LOVED it. Could have seriously eaten the whole batch with a spoon. This is my kind of meal.
- 12oz Lean Ground Beef
- 1 sweet onion chopped small
- 8 oz of mushrooms chopped small
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 bell peppers diced small (I used 1 red and 1 green) chopped small
- 1 small (6oz) can of tomato paste
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste)
Brown the meat, onion, mushrooms and garlic in a deep pot over medium-high heat.
Add the peppers and cook for a few minutes until they soften and everything starts to melt together.
Add the tomato paste, honey, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and pepper flakes. Stir to combine everything and let it come to a boil before dropping down to a simmer. Add a splash of water if everything is too thick but the “juice” from the veggies should be enough.
Simmer for about 20 minutes or until ready to serve. It made 4 cups and 1/2 cup is the perfect amount on your average size hamburger bun.
I paired it with some quick Sugar-Snap Peas.
I’m thinking leftovers tomorrow over a bed of spinach with a little cheese on top! :)
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|8||1/2 cup (not including bun)|
|145||5g||2g||old: 3||new: 4|