The hubby’s travel plans this week were a bit crazy. He was supposed to be early in the day on Friday but the airlines had other ideas. Originally I was going to have salads with grilled salmon for him and grilled chicken for me, but not knowing for sure what time he would be getting home, I bit the bullet and went with a dinner that could simmer on the stove until he walked in the door.
I picked up a two pound package of ground beef at the store along with a green pepper. I had celery, red peppers, and carrots at home already. I try very hard to incorporate a TON of veggies in whatever I am making. The hubby isn’t overly fond of veggies so I tend to sneak them in to meals. For the sloppy joes, I made sure they were half meat, half veggies.
I diced up the three peppers (two red, one green), two carrots, three stalks of celery, two onions, and six cloves of garlic. I sauteed all of them in a pan, seasoning them with salt and pepper, then removed them to a bowl. I added the meat and fried it until it was done. I added the veggies back in and started building the sauce – tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, and a little brown sugar. I let it simmer for an hour while I made the cole slaw and got started on the mac and cheese. Originally I wasn’t going to make the mac and cheese, I have been trying so hard to stay away from carbs…but this past week has been an insanely stressful one at work, I found myself with time on my hands and a serious craving for pasta. Sigh…..it was SOOOOOO worth the calories! The picture above is of the hubby’s plate. I chose to eat my sloppy joes minus the bun, I skipped the cole slaw, but I did add a generous helping of mac and cheese to my plate. Thankfully, I only made a small batch so I don’t have to content with a huge amount leftover in the fridge, taunted me with its cheesy goodness.