I always start Mondays with the positive affirmation that THIS is the week my organizational skills go into high gear and stay there. Laundry will be done every day to stay ahead of the curve. Each child’s bevy of school and sports uniforms will make it into the proper drawers and in the proper rooms. Beds will be made, trash cans emptied and bathrooms wiped down. The kitchen will sparkle with every dish in its place. But before I know it I’m totally derailed as other priorities take precedence. For any mom, the busyness never seems to end.
In all of this frenzy (that, YES, we are blessed to be an integral part of), I like to at least know that I am feeding my family healthy food at dinnertime. Just like the rest of you, I want something quick, long on taste and a crowd pleaser. Being able to make a meal ahead of time, without losing the flavor impact, is a definite bonus point.
We all go at different paces and have different styles in the kitchen. While Christi usually serves her family dinner at 8 or 8:30 p.m., I am starting my slow descent into a comatose state on the couch. Whatever works for your family works. Our kids may not sing our culinary praises but a licked-clean plate or a request for “seconds” will lighten any mom’s heart and diminish the importance of the laundry piling up behind that laundry room door.
1-2 red bell peppers, diced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 cup diced onion and celery mixture (found near the packaged lettuces)
1 Tb olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
1, 19 ounce jar of Sloppy Joe Sauce by Stonewall Kitchen
Slider buns (I use Sarah Lee brand)
Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed up chips (BBQ, sweet potato, potato, salt & vinegar, tortilla…the chip choice is yours)
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add all of the diced veggies and sauté until soft (about 3 to 5 minutes). Remove veggies from pan and set aside. Add ground beef or ground turkey to the skillet and sauté until cooked through and crumbly. Then, stir cooked veggies back into the pan and thoroughly mix into the cooked meat. Add the Sloppy Joe Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen and simmer for ten additional minutes on low.
Spoon Sloppy Joe mixture onto slider buns and top with shredded cheddar cheese and a small scoop of crushed chips for crunch. Accompany with grilled corn from the BBQ and coleslaw (to save time, I purchased my coleslaw from Gelson’s market).
This recipe is easy, easy, easy- it is quick to make and can be re-heated. And I am telling you, my kids gobble it up. You can adapt it for different palates as well. I use slider buns (as the recipe states) but apparently any bun short of “In-N-Out” is sub-standard to my son so I serve his “Sloppy Joe mix” over angel hair pasta (which also can be made in advance).
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Next time you hear, “What’s for dinner?” you will have the perfect answer.
Enjoy your weekend and look for some amazing Memorial Day ideas from Cashmere Apron next week!