Garden Sloppy Joes

Source: Food Hero

Serving size: 12 servings, 1/2 bun per serving

Add your favorite veggies and your favorite meat to create your own version of this kid-friendly meal.

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  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped or shredded
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound ground meat (15% fat) (turkey, chicken or beef)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushrooms or 1/2 pound chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 6 whole wheat buns, split in half to make 12


cutting board, sharp knife, grater (optional), can opener, 2-3 quart saucepan, mixing spoon


1. Sauté onions, carrots, green pepper and ground meat in a 2-3 quart saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

2. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms and barbecue sauce.

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.

4. Toast buns if desired. Spoon sauce over bun halves. Serve open-faced.

5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours


Add your favorite fresh, canned or frozen chopped vegetables. Try whole wheat English muffins instead of buns.

More About Carrots

How to Select

Choose well-shaped, smooth, firm, crisp carrots with deep color and fresh, green tops. Avoid soft, wilted or split carrots.

How to Store

Refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes. Carrots can last 4-5 months if packed in moist sand and stored in a cold root cellar at 32-40 degrees.

How to Prepare

Rinse with cold water. Trim off tops & bottoms. Add to salads, have as a snack with dip. Carrots can be steamed, microwaved, roasted or boiled until tender.