Easy comfort food with a kick !
Homemade Spicy Sloppy Joes
2 lbs ground beef (use turkey or chicken if desired)
1/2 c chopped yellow onion
1/4 c chopped green pepper
2 t minced garlic
1 12 oz bottle of chili sauce ( I used Heinz)
1 6 oz can tomato paste
2 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T hot sauce
1/2 t salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t dried oregano
1 t mustard
1/2 c water
Brown ground beef with onions peppers and garlic over med high until meat is cooked through. drain off excess fat or liquid if needed. add chili sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, cayenne, oregano and mustard, stir to combine and heat through, add water and stir. Turn heat down to low and cook for about 10 minutes. Serve on toasted buns, add arugula and shredded cheddar if desired.
**Leftovers make great nachos, heat, spread on tortilla chips and sprinkle with cheese and sour cream
I know this is not glamorous or creative but it is the my go to lunch that I crave. It is delicious on bread or as shown here a top salad greens.
Perfect Tuna Salad
1 can of tuna drained ( spring water or oil is fine)
1/4 c mayo
1T red wine vinegar
1 hardboiled egg chopped
1 stalk celery chopped
2 T chopped onion
1/2 t dried dill
2-3 cups salad greens
cherry tomatoes (optional)
salt and pepper
Combine tuna, mayo, vinegar, egg, celery, dill and onion in a med bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of greens with tomatoes as shown or on any bread as a sandwich.
Honestly I am not a fan of sandwiches, too boring, but when my good friend mentioned something about a BLT using peaches instead of tomatoes, I was instantly intrigued. I thought what a great flavor combo, bacon and peaches hmmm….. Well I had chicken sandwiches on the menu anyway so why not go that extra step, peaches are after all in season. I am so glad I did, this was fantastic, the whole family raved about them and the combination of flavors is one of my newest cravings. These will make it on the menu several more times before peach season is over.
Chicken, Peach and Bacon Club with Basil Mayo
for 4 sandwiches
4 chicken cutlets
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T + 1 t olive oil
1 T fresh chopped basil
1/3 c mayo
8 slices of whole wheat or your favorite bread, toasted
2 ripe peaches sliced thin
1/2-1 c arugula
5 sliced of cooked bacon
salt and pepper
Place raw chicken in a shallow dish, add 1 T oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper, marinate 15 minutes and then grill or broil until done.
In a small bowl combine, mayo, basil, 1/4 t pepper and 1 t oil.
Smear mayo on one slice of toasted bread
Add a layer of peaches
Add a layer of arugula
Add Bacon slices
Add a grilled chicken cutlet
Top with the other piece of toasted bread with more mayo if desired, cut in half and serve, delicious
If I understand this right, Bahn Mi, means bread in Vietnamese, but it is now widely known as a pork sandwich with pickled vegetables and fresh herbs. There are many variations and can be found in big cities and Vietnamese restaurants, none of which are close to my house. So I needed to give it a try on my own and here is what I came up with. I of course did not have the wonderful crispy baguettes from a Vietnamese bakery so I had to do with what Publix was selling. Still they came out delicious and my family loved them, the combination of spicy, sweet, and savory is all here on one easy sandwich. Wake up your taste buds and give this a try, I will warn you though they can be addictive.
1.5 lbs ground pork or pork and beef mix
2 T soy sauce
1 t sriracha sauce ( use hot sauce if this is unavailable)
1 t dried cilantro (or 2T fresh chopped)
1T fresh lime juice
3/4 c Panko Bread Crumbs
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, wet hands and roll into balls, I used about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture per meatball so that it would fit onto my buns.
Cook for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.
Pickled Vegetable Topping
1 c shredded carrot (or matchstick carrots)
1 cucumber sliced lengthwise with a vegetable peeler (or shredded)
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
2 jalapenos sliced thinly
1/4 t salt
3 T vinegar
Mix all ingredients together in a med sized bowl
Place Meatballs on roll or baguette, top with pickled vegetable mixture and top with fresh chopped cilantro and basil. If you want more heat mix 2 T mayo with 1 t sriracha sauce and spread on roll before serving.