Everyday Mom's Meals: Not A Fan

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Not A Fan

My husband is not a Rachael Ray fan. End of story. While I enjoy her talk show, and have found success with a few of her recipes, and used to watch both 30 Minute Meals and $40 A Day multiple times a day, he just can't understand why. He doesn't enjoy her, the way she talks, or really anything about her. And that's okay because there are plenty of people he is a fan of that I do NOT like one bit! To each their own. So you can imagine my surprise when last week he was working from home one morning, walked into the living room where I was watching her, and said "That recipe wouldn't be too bad if you changed it up a little." Huh? What? Did I just hear him right? To be honest, I wasn't even paying attention to what she was cooking, and when I looked up, I knew exactly why he said what he did. She was making sloppy joes, but instead of serving them on buns, they were plated over roasted sweet potatoes. Now we love sweet potatoes, but I just couldn't get behind this idea. I understood why she was doing it. Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutrient packed things you can find in the grocery store; and this is why I serve them so often. But not this way. However, we both agreed that if they were done with a white potato instead, they could be really good. Kind of like a chili topped potato, but a little different. So using my own sloppy joe recipe and some yummy toppings, I came up with these. They are easy, delicious, and the kids will love them! Sloppy anything will get them running to the table! And here are a couple tips for you: 1. To save time, simply bake your potatoes in the microwave instead. 2. Make the sauce in the morning, cover and put in the fridge. Then when you are ready to make supper all you have to do is brown off the meat. Which ever way you decide to prepare them, they are a simple weeknight meal and a new twist on an old favorite.

Sloppy Potatoes
4 large baking potatoes, cleaned
1 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. mustard
3 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped Onion, optional
Shredded Cheddar Cheese, optional

Preheat oven to 400. Rub potatoes with olive oil and salt. Wrap in foil and poke holes in them. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour or until fork tender. In a medium bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. In a large skillet, brown meat until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Add ketchup mixture to ground beef and simmer on low for 5-7 minutes until thickened. When potatoes are done split and lay open on plates. Spoon meat mixture over potato. Top with onions and cheese.

Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain Nov. 7, 2012
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Nov. 8, 2012
Shared on The Country Cook Nov. 9, 2012


Unknown said...

We just loooove quick and easy meals! This one sounds delish! Thanks for sharing. :)

Alison said...

We love sloppy joes over potatoes! Like you, we also love sweet potatoes, but I don't think we'd enjoy them with the sloppy joe topping!

Miz Helen said...

This looks like a great meal for lunch or a quick dinner, just add a salad and its done. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Miz Helen