Sloppy Joes

I had a New Years Resolution to meal plan each week and I’ve been about 25% successful with this. I started strong and then pretty much just quit. There was no gradual goodbye to meal planning, there was no tearful break up, it was more like I ghosted the whole idea and ran for the hills.

Now that it is summer, and I have a bit more time on my hands, I am going to try meal planning again, I will beg meal planning to take me back. We’ll see how it goes.

This week, I told my husband the four meals I would be making and asked him which one he wanted tonight. The options were fish tacos, chicken satay, sloppy joes, or shrimp and asparagus fried rice. I don’t know why I bothered with the text because I knew which one he would pick: sloppy joes.

I’ve made a recipe for these before, but it is lost somewhere in the file cabinets in my brain. I think probably in the wrong drawer and the wrong manila folder, so I am stuck recreating it. I do think they turned out pretty good though – I served them with coleslaw, a recipe I will share at some point.

Sloppy Joes
Makes eight sandwiches

1 Tbs. oil of your choosing (I used EVOO)
2 red bell peppers diced
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves minced
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. corn starch
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. chili powder
salt and better to taste
8 hamburger buns

1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Toss in the red peppers and onion and saute for about 5-7 minutes.

2. Add the minced garlic and ground beef. Mix it directly with the peppers and onions. Cook until it is browned. This should take about 5 minutes.

3. Mix in the tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, corn starch, mustard, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

4. If you want to toast the hamburger buns, you can do so now. Scoop the mix on the hamburger buns and serve. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Info (mix only, no bun):
Calories: 188
Fat: 7.8g
Cholesterol: 48.8mg
Sodium: 375.2mg
Carbs: 10.4g
Fiber: 1.9g
Sugars: 6.3g
Protein: 17.8g

I made this meal and froze half of the mixture. I love having something in my freezer that I can just heat up and eat when I am feeling super lazy. These will be great leftover. Let me know your thoughts!


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