Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sloppy Joes (Top 8 Free)

My kids LOVE sloppy joes!  When Bubs was only a young toddler, he would literally eat four overflowing sloppy joes.  That's in addition to the fruit and veggies that were on his plate, and several cups of soy milk (before we eliminated soy and made the switch to rice milk).  Since we learned about his food sensitivities two years ago, we haven't had sloppy joes.  But we are now at a point where he is able to tolerate many of the foods we initially eliminated.  I decided to give sloppy joes a try again.  But this time I wasn't going to use the can of Manwich.  I wanted to make them from scratch.  Here's how:


1 lb ground beef (we use grass-fed only)
1/4 c chopped onion (I used dried onions from my spice rack)
1/4 c chopped green pepper (I used frozen to save time and energy)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard
3/4 c ketchup
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper (to taste)

1 c dry brown rice
1 c water
(you could use quinoa instead)

Top 8 free buns (I use Schar brand)

Brown beef over medium-high heat.  While it is browning, add onions and green peppers.  Once ground beef is thoroughly cooked, mix in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and pepper.  Reduce heat and simmer.  While that is simmering, cook rice according to package directions.  Once rice is cooked, mix into beef mixture and continue to simmer.  Total simmer time should be 20-30 minutes.  Serve on buns and enjoy.

We added some Ian's Top 8 Free Alphatots fries which were a big hit.

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