Thursday, July 28, 2011

Veggie Sloppy Joes that Kids Will Eat

While we watch DC struggle with eating its peas, many of us focus on the more immediate question of how to make own own children eat their actual peas. Or asparagus. Or broccoli. Or green beans. Or arugula.

The answer to the latter is simple: Sloppy Joes.

I've come to appreciate the notion of Sloppy Joe's for dinner ever since I came to the revelation that ketchup and or tomato sauce and or worchestershire sauce makes just about everything taste the same.

I make my slopppy joes with 60% to 80% green veggies, and 40% to 20% ground beef, and my kids not only don't notice....they request it.

Here's what you do:

1. Pull out any veggies you've had sitting around in the freezer or the fridge and chop them up into fine bits: Asparagus, bell peppers, onions, peas, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, etc....

2. Chop them as fine as possible.

3. Dump the chopped veggies into a pan and saute them in a glob of butter.

4. When the chopped veggies are soft, add a fistful of ground beef. Or not. Fry it up until it's brown.

5. Dump in some worchestershire sauce, and then the tomato sauce or ketchup until the whole pan looks like it's vaguely cooked meat colored.

6. Serve it on a hamburger bun. I serve it with beets, because my kids are insane and love beets.

SUGGESTION: For added fun, refer to it as a "Sloppy Pierre" This will hilarious for the whole family, for different reasons.

7. Read a chapter of The Three Investigators and then put your children to bed.

8. Watch a couple episodes of Dollhouse on Netflix, alone or with your spouse.

And that's it! Easy.

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