My oldest is extremely picky and has only ever eaten one vegetable willingly - the potato. I had to get creative in hiding them. This is my homemade sloppy joe recipe which she eats every time and still has no clue about the veggies in the sauce. Using pre-chopped frozen onion or pre-shredded carrots cuts the prep time.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place red bell pepper, carrots, and onion in a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir vegetable mixture into ground beef; cook and stir until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Mix tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and molasses into ground beef mixture; cook and stir until heated through and slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Spread sloppy joe mixture into each bun using a slotted spoon.

Cook's Note:

If your child is picky about meat also (like mine), you can put some of the sloppy joe in the blender and puree further until it forms a paste and then spread on the bun.

Ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef. Yellow bell pepper can be used in place of red bell pepper.

Nutrition Facts

285 calories; protein 14.2g 28% DV; carbohydrates 31.4g 10% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 34.8mg 12% DV; sodium 642.6mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2014
A yummy way to get veggies into your kids diet. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2017
My husband and I made this for dinner. I was curious about the molasses flavor only to find my molasses had expired. Maybe next time? We liked enough to know there will be a next time. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
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  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2014
A yummy way to get veggies into your kids diet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2019
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2017
Delicious and so much better than all those recipes that call for gobs of ketchup and brown sugar. It was a no brainer to feed this to my kids and bonus that hubby and I loved it too! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2017
The molasses flavor is distinct and I am not big on molasses. I may try this again without the molasses and let re-rate. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2017
My husband and I made this for dinner. I was curious about the molasses flavor only to find my molasses had expired. Maybe next time? We liked enough to know there will be a next time. Read More