Recipe: Very Veggie Sloppy Joes

by Cate on October 21, 2014

A delicious, filling, easy-to-make go-to dinner that will please everyone in your family, these Very Veggie Sloppy Joes are a one pot meal that screams old school comfort food.

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Growing up, Sloppy Joes were a semi-frequent meal to hit our dinner table. And for good reason. It’s quick, healthy, and a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Once I had my own family, I started making Sloppy Joes as well, because as long as you have ground beef on hand, you can have this on the table, with a few other pantry staples, in under thirty minutes.

Take that, Rachael Ray.

A little of this, a little of that, I never really measure, I just make them and adjust it along the way.

As cooks are wont to do.

But lately, or at least the past dozen or so times I have made Sloppy Joes, I’ve been adding some vegetables to it. Because although I don’t subscribe to the hide-the-vegetables-and-deceive-your-kids program, if I can tuck them in here and there without altering the taste, then I will.

But make no mistake. The kids knew the vegetables were in there. And Madeline did her very best to carefully pick out as many bits of bell pepper as she could, until she realized she was fighting a losing battle.

So. #winning

And to think she didn’t even notice all the mushrooms she ate.

Besides the yellow and red bell peppers, the mushrooms, and the tomato sauce, I also used 93% lean ground beef, so it doesn’t get much healthier than this. Beef, even that lean, is an inexpensive way to feed a family, which means more money for peppers and mushrooms like these, right from the farmer’s market. When the meat is on sale, I stock up and freeze a bunch. Just remove the butcher/grocery store wrapping and put the beef in a freezer-safe bag. Make sure to squeeze out all the air, close it up, and pop it in the freezer. It will keep safely for 6-12 months uncooked, and 2-3 months cooked.

If you’re looking for more easy and delicious beef recipes, be sure to visit Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner, and their Pinterest page (and they also have good money saving tips here). Now, for serving these Sloppy Joes, anything goes. I usually either toast a slice of bread and spoon the Sloppy Joes over the bread or I put it inside a toasted roll. I like them topped with melted cheese, but I skipped that this round because 1) I’m trying to be virtuous and 2) the kids prefer it without. Mix and match and serve how you like it best.

Hungry for more Sloppy Joes recipes?
This recipe is full of mushrooms, and the kids inhaled it. Delicious stuff from Cooking Light.

Psst … my site was having caching problems yesterday, so in case you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll find some delicious little meatballs right here.

Very Veggie Sloppy Joes
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1-1/4 pounds ground beef, 93% lean
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons McCormick brand Montreal Seasoning
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced (I used Portobello)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon steak sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Directions
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to the pan. Once the oil starts to heat up, add the garlic, bell peppers, and the mushrooms and let them cook for 4-5 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add the meat to the pan and begin to break it up. Add the brown sugar and steak seasoning and mix to combine. When the meat has browned, reduce heat to medium and add the red wine vinegar, steak sauce, tomato sauce, and the tomato paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Using a large spoon, pile sloppy meat onto toasted, buttered bun bottoms and cover with bun tops, or serve on top of toasted slices of bread.
*I was compensated to create this recipe through my partnership with The Motherhood and The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are completely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my family.

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Joanne October 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

I love that you snuck veggies into these! Every little bit helps.
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