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Sloppy Joes


The "sloppy joes" origin lies with the "loose meat sandwiches" sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930s created by  a cook named Joe. My grandmother, named Bertha, created her own recipe adding her German influence.  My mom prepared it countless times when I was growing up and I guess now I'm its torch bearer. It's quick, so fragrant and it's one of those dishes that tastes better reheated the next day. While beef is called for, I make it all the time with ground turkey - a great substitute.

Prep Time: One hour  (the sauce needs to simmer for a half hour). If you prepare ahead, just reheat, prepare your side dishes and you're ready to go.

Makes: About 3 cups of Sloppy Joes


Make sure the beef and poultry you purchase has been raised without the use of antibiotics

1½ pounds ground beef or ground turkey meat
½ onion - chopped, locally grown, if available.
1 cup ketchup - Heinz organic ketchup has the lowest sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar, white
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

Whole grain mini-buns


Brown meat with onion until pink color is gone. Add remaining ingredients, Simmer until thick about a half hour.

Suggested Sides 

roasted sweet potato sticks, fresh cucumber and carrot sticks with avocado dressing as dip, a leafy green salad or any steamed vegetables

Healthy Fare for Kids Meal

Ladle 2-3 ounces of Sloppy Joe's on a whole grain mini-bun, add one cup of non-deep fried fresh vegetables or fruit and pair with a glass of water or organic milk.

Prep Skills 

Chopping an onion the easy and tearless way: watch best way to chop an onion

Good Food Thoughts

Only purchase meat and poultry raised without the use of antibiotics 

To learn about whole grain products, visit the Whole Grains Council

Equipment Needed

cutting board and slip mat

sharpened chefs knife

large sauté pan

wooden spoon

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