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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Not so Sloppy Joe's

I found the best sloppy joe recipe here.  Go check out  her recipe first and then come back and see how I changed a few things because, well that is how I roll. Below is how I made it.

Sloppy Joes

1 small onion--cut into fine dice ( I am out of onion so I used onion pdr - but will certainly do it right next time)
1/2 carrot-peeled and shredded.
1/4 red pepper--diced fine
2 garlic cloves--pressed
Couple TBS tallow
1 lb ground buffalo
3/4 tsp fancy schmancy salt (as in Celtic Sea Salt)
1/2 tsp black pepper
7oz jar tomato paste
1.5 Tbs worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs brown sugar--packed (dark or light)
1 tsp vinegar (white or cider)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp prepared mustard (optional) (I opted out this time but who knows so I am leaving it here just in case)
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag frozen black beans - rinsed. I would guess a small can would be about right.
1 cube frozen kale, 1 cube frozen butternut squash, 1 cube frozen acorn squash (I cook, mash and freeze in icecube trays)

Saute onions, pepper and carrot on low heat until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and stir until it begins to soften. Add meat and kick up heat to medium. Let cook until meat is completely cooked through. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, frozen cubes, beans and water. Stir until it is all mixed in and begins to create a nice sauce. Add the brown sugar and vinegar and prepared mustard if using. Cook for about 5 minutes allowing all the flavors to meld together. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Then, if you are amazing put on homemade buns, if not buy some better, heavier buns than the nasty white stuff and pull out some of the bread to make a pocket, put your sauce in there - then it is NOT SO SLOPPY!

It was a little watery so I let it cook for like 30 minutes to reduce. This is so yummy. Never again will I buy sloppy joe mix in a jar, can or bag!

So, do you change every recipe too? Why? I do it mostly because of food allergies and to eat healthy.

Submitted to Real Food Wednesday! and Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday also the Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom and Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday. Go check out all the wonderful links at these blogs.

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  1. i love the changes you made to this. If I thought I could get away to adding a leafy green and still have my hubster eat it...i would! It was bad enough I weened him off of his beloved manwich. Thanks for telling me about the link!
    Happy New Year

  2. I'll admit, when I first saw your picture I thought it was a cookie. LOL! But still, seems like a great recipe. :-) Thanks for stopping by my "Balance Beam" SITStah!

  3. bwahahaha that is funny Charlene, if you only knew how many pics I took to get that one. My first real try at "food pics"!

  4. Hi, Christy! I don't understand Western foods, but yes, I do change my recipes now and then. One of the consequences? They taste worse =D But it's fun improvising with recipes.

    Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog earlier :)

  5. That looks good! Great idea to cook and freeze squash and kale. I usually stir fry kale and then freeze it. I've not frozen squash before but will have to give it a try next fall.