Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sloppy Joes

Feed a crowd well at your summer get-togethers. Kid friendly food meets adult friendly flavor. Stretching the meat with grains and vegetables not only saves a buck, but makes for a more nutritionally balanced meal. Another good meat extender is beans, add in place of the grains or even the meat. I have subbed one cup carrot purée for a cup of the tomato sauce and also added a grated zucchini and with great results.

Don’t be a slave to a recipe, if something doesn’t suit you, change it up. Most of the time grains, sweeteners, herbs, spices, oils, even liquids like chicken broth and milk are all interchangeable. If you’re scared, just ask, I’ll tell you how it will turn out.

This recipe can easily be made over to be used with food storage...dried onion, garlic powder, canned meat or beans. What a treat in lean times.

1/2 pound ground beef
1 cup cooked millet
1 cup cooked red quinoa
1/4 cup sucanat
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook vegetables. Add garlic, grains, red wine vinegar and worcestershire sauce to meat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook mixture 5-10 minutes longer or until desired consistency.


  1. I love your blog have made so many items, we are having your sloppy joe's for dinner tonight. Our kids love your chocolate chips cookies and banana bread. Keep them coming! Thanks Jan-MI

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! We are having a family gathering tomorrow and I am in charge of the food. I am going to make these! Thanks thanks thanks!!

  3. Where do you get your worchestershire sauce? So many of them have too much additives and preservatives and the yucky fructose- Cindy

  4. That is true, it hasn't really been a priority since we use it so sparingly. If anyone knows of a good brand, I would love to hear about it.

  5. I just seems to creep in in so many things that I use sparingly that I wounder just how much I am actually getting : (. I made some the other was alright but the kids thought I was trying to kill them with the smell. They did like the dinner though- Thanks- Cindy

  6. Wow, look at you, making your own worchestershire! I'm impressed. And you are right, that nasty little ingredient finds it's way into lots of premade foods.

  7. Awesome---I've been looking for the perfect Sloppy Joe's. Why I didn't ask sooner I'll never know!

  8. I made this and my family LOVED it! It's going to be a regular now! I'm sure this is a silly question, but how do I puree carrots? Blender? Do I cook them before I add them?

  9. Yes, you steam them and blend them up like baby food.

  10. Trying this tonight! Thanks for the great recipe. I want to include more grains in our diet, and happened to have quinoa and millet =)

    A humble suggestion: can you get one of those "print friendly" buttons to put at the bottom of your recipes? They sure help when trying to print a recipe (instead of copying/pasting stuff).

    Anyhow, thanks for the recipe! Love your blog.

  11. Can't go wrong with this one.

    I will try to figure out how to get one of those print buttons. Thanks.

  12. did you ever find you worcestershire sauce? azure has one...

  13. I saw that you ordered that. How do you like it? Do they only have one brand?

  14. these are the yummiest sloppy joes i've had! i took them to a family picnic and everyone loved them. my husband is not a big fan of sloppy joes and he was CRAZY about these. i love that the grains add bulk (i'm not a huge meat eater). we'll definitely be making these again!

  15. I made this with local bison meat, it smelled soooooo good when cooking! I found the result to be quite sweet for my own taste so I ended up adding salt and a sprinkle of chili powder to cut the sweetness. However, the result was very good. I froze some in "patties," I hope it will be as good when reheated. I'll make it again, with a little less sugar. Thanks for sharing.

  16. They reheat wonderfully, and yes, I do tend to like things sweet :)

  17. This one is another hit! Thanks.


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