So here I am in Texas. In August! It’s scorching H-O-T. HOT!
Praying for rain and deciding what to cook for dinner … that doesn’t require the oven.
Welp…In Texas…in August…we rarely (if ever) turn on the oven in the middle of the summer.
So what’s my point?
Today’s dinner doesn’t require the oven!
Homemade sloppy joes, pan-fried potatoes and a salad.
Another meal that is budget friendly and family approved.
This recipe is even clock friendly.
I made the dinner and did the dishes in under an hour.
You’re going to love the price tag.
Your family is going to love the lick-the-plate yummy, sloppy joes.
Here are the main ingredients:
- 1 lb of organic ground meat ($8.97)
- 12 oz organic mixed greens ($3.98)
- 4 count package Russet potatoes ($2.97) only used 2 for this dinner ($1.50)
- 1 package (6 count) Hamburger buns ($1.73) only needed 4 ($1.15)
- Total $15.60 / 4 people = $3.90 a serving (even your local fast food place can hardly touch “$3.90” a serving)
*Your prices may vary in your location and brand selections
Since I already had the salad dressing, spices and one onion in my pantry I didn’t factor them into the overall cost.
However, if you need to consider it for overall budgeting, here’s the estimate…and it only adds $.50 to each serving!
- 16 oz salad dressing for $2.88 (1 oz per person x 4 = $.72)
- one medium onion $.68/lb (~1/2 lb) $.35
- (1) 6 oz can tomato paste $.43
- spices $.50 for all … this estimate a way-out in left field estimate because I buy my spices in bulk or dehydrate my own.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve know how much I love to hide healthy food in food. Love it! I look at it as a personal challenge to see what I can get away with 🙂
I didn’t hide anything in this recipe, but think about juicing broccoli or spinach and using the “juice” as part of the water amount.
-or- add 1/2 tsp of dehydrated kale or 1/2 tsp of turmeric…little dose of healthy never hurt.
Sloppy Joe Ingredients:
1 lb organic ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup ketchup
1/2 – 1 cup of water
1T – 2T brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it or the sweetness of the ketchup)
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard
1-2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 T vinegar
Sloppy Joe Instructions:
- Brown the ground meat
- Sauté the onions until they soft (use 1T of either bacon grease, ghee or palm oil)
- Combine the ground meat and the sautéed onions into a large stock pot (large enough to hold all the liquid)
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine
- Simmer on medium, with the lid on, until the meat is tender. About 30 minutes
- If needed, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water so the sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan
- This will be a thick sauce; not thin/runny like spaghetti sauce
- Ladle on hamburger bun and serve warm
- Add some fried potatoes and a side salad. Dinner is served.
- This sloppy joe recipe is easily doubled for large family gatherings or large groups
- Try substituting your favorite ground meat. (e.g. bison, deer, chicken or turkey), use a 1:1 ratio
- Make your own hamburger buns (this will reduce the overall cost per serving)
- Replace store-bought ketchup and brown sugar with your own homemade versions (*omit brown sugar if you are reducing your sugar intake)
- Replace the brown sugar with local honey or grade B maple syrup
- Serve over a baked potato (sweet or otherwise), rice or couscous
- To help get your daily allowance of veggies
- Add 1 red, yellow, orange or green pepper, finely chopped
- Finely chop a couple of cups of cabbage, spinach or kale and add to the sloppy joe mix (cabbage will naturally sweeten the sloppy joe sauce)
- Finely chop (finely chopped) 1 cup carrots, cauliflower or broccoli and add to the sloppy joe mix (carrots will naturally sweeten the sloppy joe sauce too)
- Juice vegetables and “hide” them in the sloppy joe mix. (no one will ever know)
I love a simple meal. Don’t you? And this one was perfect!
So if you’re looking for simple..
You gotta try this sloppy joe recipe.
I can’t wait to see how you transformed this recipe for your family and friends.