We only have one December birthday baby in our office, and she was very clear that the only thing she HAD TO HAVE for her birthday lunch was a store bought ice cream cake. She was leaving the rest of the menu up to me because there isn’t anything she won’t eat.
Because of my insane work schedule, I knew I needed to make something that was easy to prepare, that I could make with my eyes closed, and preferably only one hot item so I didn’t have to bring in a ton of equipment. My original thought was chili, I could bring in some cornbread muffins, a ton of toppings, and call it a day, but we had chili at our tailgate the weekend before and I didn’t want to eat the same thing twice in one week.
On my way home one night, I thought, heck, the sloppy joe’s I just made are awesome and I could pair that with some coleslaw, macaroni salad, some chips and dip. I called Courtney and asked if she liked sloppy joe’s and got a resounding YES!
We have one vegetarian among us and I knew I could make the same meal for her, just use soy crumbles instead of meat. I had two pans going on the stove, one with beef, one with soy. It worked out beautifully, I was able to chop and drop into both pans and while they simmered, I threw together a batch of macaroni salad and coleslaw. I was really thankful she wanted a store bought ice cream cake. I had actually picked that up a few days before and stashed it in the freezer at work. I brought in my slow cooker the day before the lunch and picked up two different types of dip, several bags of chips, and some potato rolls.
The sloppy joe’s were a big hit! When I got to work, I poured the beef joe’s into my crock pot and set them on low to heat through before lunch. The vegan joe’s I was able to heat in the microwave just before serving. Two of our work study students were in the office so we invited them to join us. It was a lovely way to spend our lunch hour, enjoying good food and good company.
I say this with peace and love, THANK GOODNESS THERE ARE NO JANUARY BIRTHDAYS! We have quite a few February birthdays so it should be an exciting lunch, I wonder if they will all agree on a menu or if it will be a mismosh of food items. Stay tuned…..