Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homemade Sloppy Joes & Cole Slaw

Who needs Manwhich when you can have fresh, healthy, homemade, super easy sloppy joes?  My husband said these are to definitely be a biweekly menu item...That means it is a top 10 recipe for him. These were smokey and had a non-heat spice that was just awesome.

  • 1 lb ground buffalo (or ground beef, turkey, chicken)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped (I used half of both red and green)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup Ideal sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Saute onions until nearly transparency (about 3-4 mins).
  2. Add in bell peppers and saute 1 more min
  3. Add in remainder of ingredients, stirring well to ensure meat breaks up and everything is well incorporated.
  4. Simmer for 20 mins on low heat, covered.
  5. Stir and simmer for 5 more mins.
  6. Serve it up on a bun of your choice!
I made a cilantro-lime cole slaw that was fab with the tangy spice of the sloppy joes, that recipe is below.

This is mixture after sauteing veggies and stirring all ingredients together.

Plated up...doesn't it look good?

Here is the cole slaw recipe
  • 1/2 bag of coleslaw mix (preferably a blend of cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots)
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp ideal brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried cilantro or 1/4 cup fresh
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients and allow to marinate in fridge for about an hour before serving. (can marinate longer if needed)
  2. Taste prior to serving to see if additional modifications are needed (salt, and pepper)

This was gone about 2.2 seconds later and completely devoured in a nanosecond by my sweet husband.


  1. OH MY...I have to make these

  2. OK...hands down the best!! My husband and son said I could NEVER buy manwhich again!!! Thanks!!!!!