Weeknight Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joe is the meal of childhood, along with spaghetti, tacos, and meatloaf. (I’m sensing a pattern…it must be the delicious beef!) And thankfully we can all be children at heart and enjoy sloppy joes throughout adulthood.

As a weeknight chef, sloppy joes couldn’t be easier. At minimum, it requires browning some beef (or turkey), tossing in ketchup, and spooning it onto buns. Simple, tasty, and filling.

But I prefer to spice things up, literally and figuratively. The pan warms with olive oil before I toss in diced onion and garlic. In my husband’s opinion, that’s the best smell – especially when the aroma hits him walking in the door from work!

While that’s simmering, I grate carrots or zucchini (because every parent wants to sneak in vegetables!). Next I brown the beef with the onions and garlic. Finally, I add in the secret veggies and the sauce.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of a homemade sauce; this one is straightforward and delightable to everyone’s taste buds. It’s a combination of ketchup, barbeque sauce, worcestershire, and (optional) red pepper flakes. Give that a whirl and thoroughly combine with the meat mixture for perfect sloppy joes.

Wondering what to serve as a side dish? Potatoes and green beans are perfect! Try green beans simmered in Dale’s sauce or these provencal potatoes.

Curious to make your own biscuits to replace store-bought buns? You can’t go wrong with my go-to quick biscuits or these fluffy whole wheat biscuits.

Yield: 6

Eggplant & Meat Casserole Recipe with Video Tutorial

Eggplant & Meat Casserole Recipe with Video Tutorial

Eggplant & Meat Casserole Recipe with Video Tutorial

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 2 to matoes, diced
  • ½ pound of ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cooking cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place ground beef in a pan with a dash of salt and pepper. Heat until the beef is no longer red. Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, cook the eggplant, tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic until eggplant is fully cooked.
  4. Place the ingredients in a greased casserole dish layer by layer in this order: eggplant mixture, ground beef, then cheese on top.
  5. If you would like it to be more creamy, then you can add 4 tablespoons of cooking cream.
  6. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 194 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 134mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g

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