I have been on a non-dinner cooking spree lately. We’ve had a LOT of bagel sandwiches for dinner.
On Monday night, I thought, “I really can’t justify not making dinner again tonight.”
I’ve been meaning to make this for several weeks and finally just decided to go for it, because another round of pancakes for dinner just seemed embarrassing.
And then these were so easy and quick, I wondered what my problem was.
Plus the whole family loved them. I don’t know if that was because they were so delicious (they were!) or if everyone was just so glad to be eating real food.
Either way, I’ll take it.
Sloppy Joe Salad Bowls
(adapted from Perry’s Plate)
1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried, ground sage
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon flour
Shredded cheddar cheese
Ranch dressing (I make this one about three times per week)
Toasted french or sourdough bread slices
Place the rinsed lentils in a saucepan and cover with about 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and let simmer until tender (about 20 minutes or so).
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey with the onion. Drain any excess oil off (I never do) and then add the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Bring to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally about 5-10 minutes. When the lentils are soft, drain them and add to the skillet, stirring well.
Serve in a bowl with lettuce, cheddar cheese, slice pepperoncinis and top with ranch dressing. Add some toasted bread and enjoy!