I’m not going to go into alot of background on this dish. I think it’s self-explanatory:
a) We need cheap meals
b) We need healthy meals
c) We need food of which I can cook a bunch, and then husband, who has an insanely high caloric need, can reheat at will
Meat the Sloppy Joe meat.
We eat it lots of ways, in a house with a mouse, in a box with a fox…. no just kidding. We eat it on bread, without bread, on potatoes, on french fries. It’s wonderful.
So! Let’s make it, shall we?
- I like a heavy-bottomed dutch oven. You could do a large capacity/deep skillet.
- Cutting board
- 1lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1/2 fresh tomato
- 1tbl garlic
- 1tbl paprika
- 1tbl chili powder
- 3tbl sucanat, maple syrup, honey or whatever sweetener of choice
- 1 7oz jar of tomato paste + 1 jar of water (*or, you can do 2c of unflavored tomato sauce/puree)
- Salt and Pepper
Start browning that beef. And there’s a reason we’re doing it first!
While beef is browning, chop up your veggies. I recommend cutting them up as fine as possible. If you have a food processor, this would be an excellent job for it.
Once ground beef is cooked mostly through (a little pink is okay because you’re going to cook it again) – with a slootted spoon, scoop out your beef. LEAVE THE GREASE. Please don’t touch that nutritious grass-fed goodness that gives flavor and healthy fats.
Throw in the chopped onion and green pepper. Cook until onions start to become translucent and peppers are soft and start losing their color.
Now add the ground beef, tomatoes, spiced and stir it up.
Next add your tomato paste/sauce (whichever you’re going with. I usually just use whichever I already have).
Now. You let this simmer on a very low boil for 30 minutes. You can do it for less if you’re in a hurry, and it will still taste good. But it tastes GREAT if you let it stew for awhile. The tomatoes will pretty much dissolve. Just a few remnant tomato skins, but otherwise totally stewed together.
Now that it’s all done cooking… slop that joe on something good. Or just put it in a bowl and eat it. Yes, we’re not beyond that in this house. It’s really so good… it doesn’t need anything else but a spoon.