March 26, 2013

Homemade Classic Sloppy Joe {Kids' Choice}

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Today's lunch is inspired by last night's discussion about the famous Sloppy Joe burgers.  I'm not even sure if it was even categorized as a burger.  So please correct me if I'm mistaken. 

I am on a lunch rut lately and have pulled out all of the school cafeteria's menu to see what the kiddos actually would want to try and eat.  I absolutely don't intend to become lazy and choose the easy way out.  But I plan to make a homemade version of all the cafeteria meals so the kids would feel that they're not missing out on what their friends are eating in school.  Remembering the pink slime issue and the artificial food coloring allergies my kids have, I have to work harder to keep the kids eating healthy and safe.  Not that I'm saying school cafeteria meals are unsafe, but if your kids have food allergy issues, then they're not quite safe.  Agree?

Sloppy Joe is one of them.  G asked, "What is Sloppy Joe, mom?"  Good question coz none of the kids had them. None of them wanted messy food on their lunchboxes and plates before.  Now that they have grown, I guess it's perfect timing to experiment and introduce them to new food. And the messy yummy stuffs.
"A Sloppy Joe is a sandwich originating in United States of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings served on a hamburger bun."
For vegans, substitute ground beef to a textured vegetable protein meat.  You might want to give Quorn Foods a try for this purpose.  They're yummy as well. 

I researched for a perfect recipe that is great for starters, specifically for kids.  We've tried a few, and after a few modification, this one received the Thumb of approval, which made it to their EasyLunchboxes.  Great!!

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On his EasyLunchboxes, he has 2 whole wheat dinner buns, with Sloppy Joe on thermal container,
a spinach and olive salad with Ranch, and strawberry hearts.

Homemade Classic Sloppy Joe Recipe {Kids' Choice}

  • 1 pound  lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1-1/2 tbspn brown sugar
  • cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • pickle dill
  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat.  Add oil then saute garlic till lightly golden. Add onions, green pepper and beef.  Cook till brown.  Drain excess liquid or oil
  2. Stir in mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar.  Mix thoroughly.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.  Season.
  3. Serve with pickle dill on a whole wheat dinner bun.  YUM!
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