What the Wordens Ate- Carrot Sloppy Joes
Yep, you read that right, carrot! There’s still meat in these but I got creative one day and it turned out SO. GOOD! The carrots blend so well into the sweet flavors of the sauce so you only know they are there if you know they’re there…Emmylou and Jon loved them!
Jon is a huge down-home, comfort-food lover. He always adores my meals that are simple and hearty…hence sloppy joes being one if his all-time favorites. Now that we are feeding a growing toddler, I ditched the Manwich and make my sloppy joe sauce from scratch. I promise, it’s not hard to make and tastes much better than your old, canned sloppy joes!
I also try to throw in extra veggies into meals; which is how the carrot sloppy joe was born!
I prep the meat early in the day and simmer it in the crockpot until dinnertime; this really lets the flavors marinate (and in this case, the carrots cook down). Here’s how I make my Carrot Sloppy Joes:
Carrot Sloppy Joes
1 kg Beef Mince
4-6 Carrots (peeled and shredded, I used our food processor; you can chop them more finely if you’re wanting to really hide them)
1 Capsicum/Bell Pepper (minced in the food processor)
1 Onion (minced in the food processor)
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1 can Tomato Paste
2/3 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Water
1 T Yellow Mustard
1 T Chili Powder
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 t Salt
1/4 t Pepper
Brown the meat in a skillet. While the meat is cooking, shred your carrots in the food processor. Since you already have the food processor in use, throw in the capsicum and onion and pulse until minced. Once the meat is cooked, transfer it to the crock pot. Add the carrots, capsicum and onion to the skillet with some olive oil; cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (a few minutes). Transfer veggies to the crock pot. Mix tomato paste, ketchup, water, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the meat and veggie mixture and mix well. Turn the crock pot on low until you are ready to eat. Serve over toast, on buns or just in a bowl!
When I made these the first time, I tried to quiz Jon to see if he could figure out the healthy ingredient…the only give away must have been the orange tint the meat took on. We hope you enjoy this delicious and nutritious meal as much as we do!
K, J, EL & P