The boys were watching The Backyardigans. At the end of every episode, one of the characters invites the others over for some specific snack. This time, Tasha invites the gang over for Sloppy Joes. And that’s what I was making for dinner that night! I don’t really have a recipe, but I prefer to make up a sauce instead of using ketchup or a can of Manwich.
This time I started with sweating one small onion… (grated finely so the kids don’t notice it) and adding 1 1/3 lb. ground beef . Cook over medium heat until the beef is browned. Then I added about 6 oz. of extra firm tofu, shredded with a fork. No one notices the tofu in the Joes, and the health benefits and anti-cancer properties are pretty amazing. After the beef, onion and tofu are browned and mixed well, add a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 4 Tbs. of brown sugar, 1 Tbs. of Worcestershire sauce and some fresh-ground pepper. Mix well and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns with lots of napkins. 🙂 Recipe breakout is at the end of this post.
Anyone remember this movie quote from the 80s?…
“A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.”
- 1 1/3 lb ground beef (I prefer 85/15)
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 6 oz. extra firm tofu, shredded with a fork
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 4 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- fresh ground pepper to taste
Sweat onion over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add ground beef and brown. Add tofu and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.