143.6...Sloppy Joes

My family was super fired up over Thursday night's dinner. What did I make, you ask? Sloppy Joes! Sometimes it’s the simplest things, right!?! I grew up eating Sloppy Joes and pretty sure the Sloppy Joe sauce came out of a can. There’s nothing wrong with that but I think I’ve found a recipe that will make you throw that can or mix packet right in the trash!

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Sloppy Joes (Serves 4-6)


1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 pound lean ground beef

2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard

3/4 cup ketchup

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the onions in olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ground beef and brown. Drain off any fat. Toss in bell pepper and cook for about 3 minutes or until softened a bit.

2. Stir in mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar; mix throughly. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Printable Recipe

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I served the Sloppy Joes with regular & sweet potato fries as well as a Southwest style salad mix that I picked up at Target. Easy!

Breakfast yesterday morning:

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After I took the kids to school, I had some extra time before Zumba so I enjoyed a skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks. 

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I met Dina for lunch at Lobster West in Encinitas. We were really excited to give it a try!!

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I ordered the Maine Style Lobster Roll (chilled lobster, with a touch of mayo, brush of lemon butter and a sprinkle of their spice blend). It was served with their house-made cole slaw and potato chips.

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Fabulous!!! Spot-on!! I’m excited about this place! Dina also tried the Crab Roll and really liked it!

Look! I have claws for hands! Lol

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Both kids had cotillion last night. In between each one, we had an hour to kill so we went to the Rancho Santa Fe Bistro for dinner. I ordered the Grilled Salmon (grilled fresh salmon, served with a lemon caper sauce and Basmati rice):

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The salmon was a bit overcooked for my liking but I’d definitely give the restaurant another shot.

Breakfast this morning:

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We went to my son’s basketball game then Mia Francesca for lunch. I had the Insalata di Salmone (roasted salmon with onions, cucumbers, arugula and whipped goat cheese):

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It was delicious! I could have licked the bowl. 

 Have a great rest of your weekend!

What do you put on your Sloppy Joes? Sometimes I eat them plain but pickle chips and cheddar cheese is good on them too! Alicia taught me that trick.

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  1. I actually add yellow mustard to my sloppy joe's for an acidity kick - so good! But now I really want a lobster roll!

  2. @Biz
    Yum! There's mustard in the recipe but I may try adding extra!


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