Lunch Lady Land: Sloppy Joes

sloppy joes

First off, watch this video.
Is this new to you? It’s time to move out of your cave.
Whenever I make sloppy joes all I can do is sing this song.
So It’s probably a good thing I don’t make them too often.
Also a good thing:
no Manwich here.
Is it really better than meatloaf and mac and cheese? Because I’m not buying it.
Also is it bad that  I usually eat my sloppy joes open faced? with a fork?
Because sometimes I do that.
And sometimes I eat them with applesauce on the side.  Like I do my pork chops.
These sloppy joes only use a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. Most of the recipes I found used a lot of ketchup, and a ground meat and ketchup combo do nothing to rev my engine. So I used tomato sauce + Worcestershire + some spices to bring it all together. The only chopping involved is a red bell pepper which means a fast meal, and while the meats cooking you can chop up some broccoli and roast it in the oven.

That’s right. I roast my broccoli.

Slightly crunchy, nutty roasted broccoli.
Best damn broccoli I’ve tasted.
Except the batshit crazy part of me was seasoning them this last time and threw a large amount of salt into one section of the pan. Not a good idea.

That’s the part of me I like to blame when fingers are cut or food is burnt. That part of me shouldn’t be allowed to have sharp objects.  or be out in public.

I would imagine this would be good if you threw in some more veggies, or maybe even some cannelini beans? or a fresh ear of corn. I need to try that.

And since today is my last day of summer, I give you my summer songs.  The first, my summer anthem of 2010:

Dog Days are Over, by the one and only Florence + the Machine, who I can say, puts on one hell of a concert. And can go from insane powerhouse voice to light polite British girl in the blink of an eye.

And the song I’ve been playing on repeat whilst cooking all summer long:

Go Outside by The Cults. Who I have not seen in concert. But I’m sure they’re delightful.

Sloppy Joes
Serves 4 or 2 if you can put sloppy joes away like I do.

1 lb ground turkey
1 red bell pepper, diced
2, 8oz cans tomato sauce
1 t ground mustard
1 t onion powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1 T Worcestershire sauce

In a lightly oiled pan, break up the meat and begin to cook, after a couple minutes throw in the bell pepper and cook until the meats browned and the pepper is softened.

Add the rest of the ingredients. and cook for a couple of min longer to combine the flavors.

Serve on toasted wheat or sesame hamburger buns.

Roasted Broccoli

A few heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
a couple T of olive oil
and a sprinkle of s&p

Toss this all on a baking sheet and roast at 425 for 10-12 min. It’s gonna turn brown, maybe even black, but that means even more flavor. So embrace it.

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