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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sloppy Joes

Sometimes you've just got to eat a sloppy joe. It's fun to be sloppy sometimes, right?!

This recipe is really healthy because I add extra veggies in the mix. The original recipe (from Rachael Ray, but she has so many sloppy joe recipes that I couldn't find it!) just has red peppers and onions, but I like to add diced celery and carrots! And meat lovers won't even be able to tell.

Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lbs ground beef, extra lean (or ground turkey is good too!)
Olive oil for the pan (if using ground turkey)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp–1 Tbsp steak seasoning blend (I use McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped (you could use any color)
1–3 stalks of celery, chopped
1–2 carrots, chopped (or a handful of baby carrots)
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 Tbsp tomato paste
Rolls/buns

Directions:
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil (optional) and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion, red peppers, carrots, and celery to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and add red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for five minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to the pan, stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook mixture for five to ten more minutes.

*Crock pot version: Follow directions until meat is browned, then throw everything in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6–8 hours, on high for 3–4. Just as good!

Do you want to hear a sad sloppy joe story?? I made these this week, and I made a lot to have leftovers. Well, after dinner I left and came back three hours later and saw the pot sitting out on the counter! I was devastated, seeing as you're only supposed to leave meat out at room temperature for two hours tops. Needless to say, I threw it in the trash. Sad.

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