Sloppy Joes & Side Salads (What’s On Your Plate?)

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Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?!

What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.

Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?

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Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.

What’s on MY Plate?

My top four favorite foods are Salad, Sandwiches, Soup, and Steak, not necessarily in that order. Those are the foods I look to when examining a new restaurant menu or when thinking up a dinner plan. And Sloppy Joe’s are probably one of the easiest sandwiches one can make.

However, the problem with Sloppy Joes is that they are usually sweet. And hubs does not like sweet food. He likes pineapple and he likes pizza, but he doesn’t like them together. I learned that early on.

Another problem with traditional Sloppy Joes is that they can get soggy — fast. Usually served on spongy hamburger buns, the bread just can’t hold up to the sauce.

So, after 16 years of marriage and maybe two dinners of Sloppy Joes, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Sloppy Joes are so easy, surely we can make them more palatable for the hubs and less soggy for the rest of us.

So we did. Here’s how:

  • Trick #1 – omit the sugar
  • Trick #2 – no ketchup allowed
  • Trick #3 – use hoagie buns which are more dense than hamburger buns

All my tricks worked and hubs gave this dinner two thumbs up. It didn’t hurt that there were yummy side salads: greens and fruit on one side and a delicious Cilantro Couscous (recipe coming: wait for it!)

What’s on YOUR Plate?

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  1. LOVE sloppy joes and how much better they can be made at home!

  2. I love sloppy joe’s, sadly my hubby hates them. Darn it! Thank you for hosting. This week I shared a recipe I saw Anne Burrell make: Smashed Potato Gratin.

    • Joni Olsick says:

      If you like sloppy joe’s just make it and freeze single portions in containers, so when you want a sloppy joe, take one out to thaw, sloppy joe’s don’t have to go on a bun, bread works just as well.

  3. My favorite version of sloppy joes pairs the vinegar with the sugar well enough that I don’t hate the sweet. Glad you found something that works!

  4. LOVE sloppy joes! i got a 4 ingredient recipe one that the kids LOVE from the daycare I work at. the 4 oldest kids can polish off 1 pound of it themselves! i paired it with a crockpot brussel sprout recipe that I got from another blogger here in blogland and FAIL! my kids are definate brussel sprout eaters as am I but this was just awful! I felt bad for having to throw it away….

  5. Good Morning!
    I linked up my Ginger Hermits. Thanks for hosting!

  6. please share both recipes – – sloppy joes & couscous. i’ve got a girl that hates sloppy joes for the same reason your hubby did!

  7. That looks like a great sandwich. I linked up my Goat Cheese, Grape & Pecan Truffles. Thanks!

  8. We love sloppy joes around here too! My fix for soggy buns is to broil them so they get a bit crispy then put a slice of cheese on each side (usually some kind of white cheese) and broil that. It acts as a barrier for the sauce!

  9. Where is your sloppy joe recipe?!?!?! 😉 I have one that uses 1/2 ketchup, so I’m curious about your recipe!

  10. Oops – Toddler got a hold of the computer before I could finish the comment ;-). Couscous sounds fantastic.
    I linked up my Taco Salad formula and favorite way to make beans for tacos/burritos/salad/beans and rice, etc.

  11. I linked up some yummy peanut butter and chocolate cookies 🙂

  12. Mary E.S. says:

    Our supper last night was Sweet and Sour Pork over rice.I don’t make this often because the family insists I cube the pork.I like to throw it in the crockpot ,then shred it.

  13. Those Sloppy Joes look really good and quite different from any I have ever had. I hope you share the recipe:) I linked up Chicken Lo Mein.

  14. I am waiting(impatiently!). I usually just go for the chips & fruit with sloppy joes but I like the idea of the couscous salad! Please Please Please post when you get a chance!

  15. Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my EASY & tasty black bean salsa. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

  16. Hi Jess, Sandwiches, soup, stews, casseroles and steak are the big things around here! I like the idea of sloppy joes without sweet because I am not a sweets type of person! Very cool. Linking up a great bacon eggy breakfast muffin that the kids love to take for brown bag lunch! All the best! Alex

  17. I have been enjoying your two blogs … love all the recipes and food ideas. Thanks! I linked up my Hash Brown Casserole recipe …

  18. Just found you. I linked up. Thanks for hosting. Great blog!

  19. We sometimes have mushroom soup sloppy joes. Take a can of cream of mushroom soup, adding a little bit of milk to thin it, and add it to your cooked hamburger. Heat & serve on hamburger buns.

  20. I left the recipe for Shrimp Scampi.

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