Happy weekend! What’s everyone doing? I just have to say how much I freaking love this weather. It’s been in the high 60s/low 70s with sunshine and a nice cool breeze here. It’s been kind of nice to wear jeans and socks, and I have a strange yearning to cook squash, bake, and get my crockpot out. The crockpot will make an appearance in this week’s menu, just FYI. Anywho… today I wanted to share how I utilized one pound of hamburger for two different dinners. This is one of my favorite tricks to: save money, eat less meat, and sneak in more veggies. (In case you’re wondering, I left off the top of the bun so I could have more mac and cheese haha.)
Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes
Modified slightly from Cooking Light magazine, May 2010 issue
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
- 1 can pinto beans (or kidney beans), rinsed and drained
- Whole wheat sandwich thins or buns
- Red onion rings for topping
- Saute onion, garlic, beef, salt and pepper in a large skillet coated in cooking spray for a few minutes until beef is crumbled.
- Add the carrots, chili powder, sugar, oregano, and cayenne. Cook for another couple minutes, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes until reduced, stirring occasionally.
- In the meantime, smash the top portion of the can beans, leaving the ones at the bottom whole. Add the entire can of beans to the pot and cook another minute until heated through.
- Serve on buns and top with red onion slices.
Comes from a childhood meal that both Wayne and I used to eat
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 1/2 medium zucchini, chopped small
- 1/3 large onion, chopped small
- 1 package sliced mushrooms, chopped small
- Pizza sauce – I used an unknown amount from the freezer, maybe 1 cup or so
- Pizza seasoning, dried basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper or other seasonings of choice
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
- Saute the beef, veggies, and seasonings until beef if done and veggies are cooked and softened. Add the pizza sauce and heat through.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place the bun halves on it. Sprinkle a little cheese on each half. Cook in oven preheated at 375 for a couple minutes until cheese is melted and buns just barely start to brown. (This helps the buns from becoming soggy later.)
- Distribute the meat mixture evenly on the bun halves. Top with more cheese. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bun edges are brown. Place under broiler at the end to brown the cheese if desired.