Now I hated sloppy joes as a kid. I have never been the biggest fan of ground beef. There is something about the texture that I’m not the biggest fan of. However, I’ve learned to like it because it is fast to cook, easy to prepare, and very cheap. Another thing I hated was the squishy texture of the sloppy joe mixture mixed with crunchy onions. Today I wanted to try to create a sloppy joe that I would like.
I used about a 1/4 lb of 90% lean ground organic beef (the same as I used in my hamburger yesterday), a teaspoon of chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and about a tablespoon of KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce (that was what we had in the fridge, not my first choice). I put this all in a pan at about medium heat. I also added about an 1/8 cup already chopped raw carrots. While this was cooking, I diced some pineapple and added this to the pan. I cooked this for about ten to fifteen minutes. I toasted a whole hamburger bun, sliced half of a Bacon avocado, and added a couple pieces of brocolli to the pan.
What came out was absolutely delicious. It was salt, sweet, tangy, and a bit spicy. I think it would have been great on top of rice or with rice noodles.
I had plenty of jambalya rice leftover from the other night. That meant at least a couple more meals using that as my base. The past two nights I’ve created essentially the same dish with some minor changes.
On Thursday night I layered jambalaya rice, ranch style beans (canned pinto beans with a spicy sauce), baby spinach, avocado, and thin cut steak. I cooked the steak under the broiler for about ten minutes using salt, pepper, and garlic powder as seasoning. I pretty much microwaved everything else except the spinach and avocado. The bottom layer was rice, then spinach,then beans, then avocado, and finally steak. I ate this with a spelt tortilla that crisped up on the stove top. I had never eaten a spelt tortilla before and it was delicious! Of course I covered the entire thing in tapatio sauce after taking the picture. Tapatio sauce is just not photogenic.
The other meal that I made today after work was essentially the same thing without the spinach. I layered rice, beans, babybell cheese, and steak and then microwaved this for about two and a half minutes. Then I added the avocado. I ate this with another spelt tortilla and the requisite tapatio sauce.
When it comes to which one was better I don’t know. I think Thursday night’s was healthier. They were both pretty good.
My dinners this week have not been the most exciting or creative. Dinner tonight consisted of a roast beef sandwich and a spoonful of Better Than Peanut Butter (a peanut butter substitute made from peanut flour). The sandwich consisted of three slices of multigrain organic sandwich bread from Trader Joe’s. On one slice I melted babybel light cheese. On another slice I placed two slices of low sodium roast beef from Trader Joe’s and low-sodium teriyaki sauce. I put these two pieces of bread in the microwave to warm up the beef and melt the cheese. While that was melting I took another slice of bread and spread light whipped cream cheese (also Trader Joe’s brand) on it. This was the middle slice for my sandwich. On the bread with the cheese I put baby spinach leaves. This I sliced diagonally. Simple, quick, and delicious.
I love sandwiches especially those made with bagels. I bought a discount package of basil garlic sausages at Safeway a couple weeks ago and decided to pull them from the freezer. After defrosting them, I cooked them in the oven at 375° F for about twenty minutes, flipping them over halfway through the cooking process. While those were cooking I sliced up a granny smith apple and a bagel. I placed the sliced apple on the bagel, then the sausage, and added some reduced-fat feta cheese crumbles on top. I put the extra apple in the baking dish with some more cheese on top. This went under the broiler for about five minutes. It was a delicious mix of carbohydrates, tart apple, salty cheese, and greasy garlicky sausage. I added some spicy mustard on top of everything which added a nice kick.