WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.
All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!
|2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)|
|5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup||1/2 Cup Medium Salsa|
|1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar||2 Hamburger Buns|
1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it a Sloppy Joe!
I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C. 🙂
As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.
|1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped||1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved|
|1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced||1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced|
|1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds||1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt|
|1 Tablespoon White Vinegar||1 Tablespoon Sugar|
|Salt and Peppr To Taste|
1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.
2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.
3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!
No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.
I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,
What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!
Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.
The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)