Monday, May 2, 2011

Meals in Minutes - Homemade Sloppy Joes

Hey Scrappers! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and a great start to the week! I don't know about you, but in our house, Monday's are a little crazy. I have a great go to meal for you!

Turkey Sloppy Joes! Now this recipe is VERY adaptable.. If you don't like a slightly sweet sloppy joe, leave out the brown sugar. These can also be made with ground beef, or chicken..

2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 medium onion chopped fine
1 bottle chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 small can tomato paste (can use no salt added variety)
2 tbsp cup yellow mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed (or to taste)
2 cloves garlic minced fine
2 tsp. dry gravy mix (brown variety)
1 tsp. vinegar (regular white or cider vinegar)

Add onion, and ground turkey to pan. Crumble ground turkey and cook on medium heat until no longer pink.
Drain off any fat (should be very minimal)
Turn the heat down to low, and add the remaining ingredients, adjusting to how "saucy" you like your sloppy joes. I like mine with a lot of sauce but not runny.
Once all the ingredients are added, stir well and let simmer for 15 - 20 minutes for the flavors to meld, stirring occasionally.

I usually serve this with Crash Hot Potatoes (found on the Pioneer Woman website) Soooo YUMMY!

Also as a quick dessert, you could serve my version of Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sundaes! We have a restaurant here called Cheddars (I believe they are a chain but I am not sure) Anyway, they have this awesome Cookie Monster dessert.. Basically a freshly baked Chocolate Chip cookie with ice cream stuff on top.. Here is my version:
Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (I use the pre made to save time, but if you are a purist, then by all means make them from scratch)
Bake according to package directions.
When they are still hot and fresh out of the oven, place one cookie in the bottom of a cereal sized bowl.
Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Drizzle with hot fudge and a bit of caramel
Top with whipped cream and a cherry.
Now THAT is what I call a fun dinner, and you can have this all on the table in about 40 minutes..
Hope everyone likes the recipes! Have a great rest of the week!!


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