Last week I posted a quick little dinner I threw together – the Greek Chicken Salad Pitas. To my surprise, even though I called it “not a recipe”, I had quite a few requests to share more of these “recipes”. I guess people are like me and want something super simple to toss together for a breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. Makes sense. I know I don’t like to give more than twenty minutes to a weeknight meal if I can help it. Which is why these Veg-Filled Sloppy Joes are a staple in our house.
Sloppy Joes – they used to be one of those meat filled dishes with sauce from a can and nothing else but a white bun when growing up. Now you can find all sorts of recipes for vegetarian ones using lentils. I have a man that likes his meat, though, and didn’t seem too keen on the lentil version. So, I found a compromise and one that gets some extra veggies into my kids too. They’re good about healthy eating, but adding in some extra never hurts, in my opinion. The compromise led to this weeknight dinner which was ready in 20 minutes for us the other night. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 – 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 – 20 minutes
Serves: the recipe yields 6 servings for us (but some of those are smaller since they are for the kids, so you may get 4 servings out of it depending on how much you use on your sandwich)
- 8 oz lean ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 TBSP minced garlic
- 1 large carrot, grated (yields about 1/2 cup)
- 1 small zucchini, grated (yields about 1/2 cup)
- 10 white button mushrooms, diced (yields about 1/2 cup)
- 1 TBSP chili powder
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- 2 cups crushed tomatoes
- 1 (15.5 oz) can red kidney beans
Place the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large pan over medium to high heat. Cook until meat is browned and onion turns translucent. Add the vegetables and seasonings to the pan (grated carrot, grated zucchini, diced mushrooms, brown sugar, and chili powder). Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes. Lower the heat and allow the mix to simmer for 5 minutes. While simmering, rinse and drain the kidney beans, then mash with a fork until reaching a pasty consistency (don’t mash until completely smooth). Add the beans to the pan and fold in until evenly mixed. Simmer an additional 3-5 minutes until warmed through. Scoop some of the mix onto a whole wheat bun for a quick, family friendly sloppy joe sandwich.
Voila! Done! We served ours alongside a simple salad and it made for the perfect dinner. Be sure to let me know if you try it!
Did you like Sloppy Joes growing up? What’s a kid friendly favorite meal for your family?