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 sloppy joe bowl 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
Sloppy Joe Salad Bowls
This family-friendly classic gets a fresh spin. Bonus for being easier to eat, too!
- 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
- Chopped lettuce
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Sliced pepperoncinis
- Ranch dressing see recipe I use below
- 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!
(adapted from Perry's Plate)