Thursday, April 5, 2012

Veggie Sloppy Joes

My kids have always been decent eaters, but there are some things (read: vegetables) that seem to be a bit of a challenge to get them to eat in large amounts. So, a few years back I got the cookbook Deceptively Delicious ( and have enjoyed looking through it and getting ideas for slightly more wholesome versions of popular original recipes. I’m not really into just feeding kids “hidden” vegetables, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to add them in whenever you can!  This is my favorite take on Sloppy Joes, though I often change it up and try adding different things. Hope you enjoy it! 

Veggie Sloppy Joes 
2 lbs. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 tsp. black pepper
½ cup carrots, diced
½ cup red peppers, diced
½ cup yellow squash puree
1 cup ketchup
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. yellow mustard
2 T. brown sugar

-Brown meat with onion and garlic, drain grease.
-Add seasonings and chopped carrots and peppers and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
-Add remaining ingredients, stir until combined, then and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
-Serve hot on toasted buns…we like ours with cheese and pickles.
-This is a large enough recipe to feed our family of four and have enough leftovers for another meal, though you could easily just make half a recipe as well. 

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