Growing up I’ve never like sloppy joe’s. My parents would buy a mix in a can and serve it to us. It was a quick and easy way to feed a large family. I couldn’t stomach it; neither could my siblings. Thankfully, after much wasted food, my parents stopped buying it.
What’s funny is that we weren’t normally picky. There are five children in my family and we were like locusts, eating everything in sight. From being so active, our appetites were revved up to an extreme that most anything tasted good. Nowadays, we look back at what we ate as children and laugh. How could we eat that stuff? From margarine to fake sugared maple syrup to even those cheap hot dogs that were in the store, if it was cheap our family ate it. As we got older, my family started learning about good nutrition and we slowly began to change our eating habits.
One day, my husband asked if we could have sloppy joes for dinner and I completely gagged. That stuff is gross. Why would you take some perfectly good ground beef and make it taste bad?
But, he insisted. For a while, I would find alternate recipes. For example, I would cook ground hamburger meat and put BBQ sauce in it. He thought it was ok, but it was too sweet. So, after a while of recipes that weren’t quite good enough,I finally just bit the bullet and found a recipe that would please my husband. If he really wants it then I could stomach it every now and then – I think.
Then I found this recipe: Paleo Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes. It was interesting enough to try. And I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much I love it! I, literally, make it about once a week. The conclusion that has been made is that the canned stuff inedible, but homemade has once again won. And as an added bonus, all of the ingredients are nutritious foods. The only adjustment I made is that I don’t put in the sweetener. The tomatoes combined with the sweet potato add plenty of sweetness to the recipe.
It doesn’t make a pretty dish, but it is sure a delicious one. This meal is done in less than 30 minutes and it is easy on the pockets.
Is there anything meal that you thought you didn’t like, but later realized it was delicious when prepared the right way?