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Sloppy Joe Sliders

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Lots of people love Sloppy Joes because they're a relatively quick, one-pan meal. Our version is no different! We include grated carrot, finely diced mushrooms, and chopped spinach along with the classic onion and bell pepper in our veggie mix, adding extra texture, fiber, and color. With several veggies to chop and grate, this recipe gives lots of opportunities for younger kitchen helpers to explore different ingredients and practice their cooking skills. Alternatively, you can use a food processor to quickly chop the veggies. Any ground meat will work in this recipe, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand or prefer in your family. For a meatless version, you can substitute dried lentils.

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
tomato sauce
1
15 ounce can
1 tablespoon honey (or brown sugar)
honey
1
tablespoon
or brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
lemon juice
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
dijon mustard
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon paprika
paprika
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil
1
tablespoon
1 pound ground turkey, or other ground meat such as beef, chicken, or pork (for meatless version, substitute 1/2 cup dry lentils, cooked)
ground turkey
1
pound
or other ground meat such as beef, chicken, or pork
for meatless version, substitute 1/2 cup dry lentils, cooked
1 teaspoon salt
salt
1
teaspoon
½ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
½
teaspoon
1 onion, finely diced
onions
1
finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
garlic
3
cloves
minced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
bell pepper
1
finely diced
1 medium carrot, grated
carrots
1
grated
8 ounces mushrooms, finely diced
mushrooms
8
ounces
finely diced
2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped
baby spinach
2
cups
finely chopped
12 slider buns, whole wheat (use gluten-free option if needed)
slider buns, whole wheat
12
use gluten-free option if needed

Method

  1. PREPARE THE SAUCE. To a small bowl add tomato sauce, honey, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and paprika. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. COOK THE MEAT AND VEGETABLES. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is heated, add ground meat and season with salt and black pepper. Cook the meat, breaking it up and stirring occasionally until it is browned and cooked through. Next, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, and mushrooms to the pan and stir to incorporate. Sauté until the veggies are softened.
  3. ADD THE SAUCE. Pour the prepared sauce over the meat and vegetable mixture and stir to distribute evenly.
  4. ADD THE SPINACH. Once the sauce is incorporated, add the spinach to the pan and stir it into the mixture, cooking just until the spinach in wilted. Remove the pan from the heat and serve on whole wheat slider buns.
Babyfood Option:

Because the veggies are cut small and softened by cooking this recipe makes a great baby food, and ground meat is a great way for new eaters to try meat. If your baby still needs a smoother texture, take a few spoonfuls and blend a bit in a mini food processor or blender first. Use1 tablespoon of brown sugar instead of honey for babies under a year.

Prep time
20 min
Cook time
15 min
Cost per serving:
$2.60
Yields/Serves:
6
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I really like all the veggies!” —Zane, age 9
😫😟😐😀😍 “Okay. It’s pretty good.” —Asa, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay.” —Pearl, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay. There are too many red peppers in there.” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. I like all the veggies!” —Anna, age 10
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay. I like that it doesn’t taste like meat but it’s a little spicy.” —Nia, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I love everything about it!” —Noelle, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “It's so easy and it's appealing and even kids can help to make it!” —Daryle, a grown up