Last week I posted my weekly meal plan and Sunday’s meal was sloppy joes and potato salad. It is one of my easiest ‘go-to’ meals, so I thought I would share with all of you so you too can have an easy, quick, and healthy meal that even the kids will like!
I start with the potato salad because it takes the longest. First, cut two potatoes into half like so:
Then cut the halves into thirds:
Finally, cut the slivers into small cubes:
Then slide the cubes into a pot of lightly salted cold water (from the tap is fine). Then bring the potatoes to a boil.
While the potatoes are cooking you can prepare the rest of the salad. Start with the celery. I take a stalk and thinly slice it lengthwise.
Then I dice them into small pieces.
I do the same with the cucumbers and the green onions and then put them all into a bowl.
Once the potatoes are done (about 15-20 minutes on the stove) I drain them and let them cool for a few minutes until the veggies are done. Then I add them to the bowl along with some mayo and mustard, which I don’t measure- I just scoop out the mayo and squirt the mustard, but if I had to guess I would say 1/4-1/3 cup mayo and 2 tsp- 1 Tbsp mustard.
If you have some hard boiled eggs you can chop them and throw them in. If I don’t have any already made I just skip them, but they do add a nice richness if you have them.
Now comes my special little trick- add some hot sauce! Just a few drops, you aren’t trying to make a spicy potato salad, you are just enhancing the flavors that are already there and a couple of drops does the trick!
Now mix up the whole thing, taste for seasonings and you are ready to serve.
So on to the sloppy joes. First, brown your meat. I use ground turkey but you could easily substitute with ground beef or even vegetarian ‘ground meat’ such as MorningStar Farms crumbles.
If you are using ground beef and there is a lot of fat left in the pan when the meat has browned, feel free to drain it off at this point. Then all you have to do to complete the meal is squeeze ketchup and mustard into the pan and stir!
Seriously! That’s all I do. Most traditional sloppy joe recipes will have you saute some finely diced onion, celery, and peppers and then add the meat, but I don’t like the texture so I omit them. You can also use tomato sauce if you don’t like the sweetness of the ketchup, but traditionally these are supposed to be sweet. As for amounts, I just squeeze the bottle until I like the consistency- wet but not too sloppy.
Last, all you have to do is spoon the meat onto a toasted bun and serve with the potato salad! Once you have made this dinner once or twice, it should only take 30 minutes from start to finish.
So my question to you, dear readers is: have you ever had sloppy joes, and if so, how do they differ from mine?
More Quick Dinner Recipes
For more easy recipes try my vegetarian fajitas or pasta with a pink sauce and beet salad.