Whenever I prepare food for my family, I make sure it not only tastes great but that it’s also healthy and nutritious.
It’s such a thrill to me to see my family enjoying the kinds of food that I know are good for them and not just your typical fast food quick fix.
Normally, when I prepare something whether simple or tedious, I want the dish to be filling and flavorful. Something that one would consider a complete meal in itself. A great example of this would be what I recently whipped up for my family a couple of days ago.
What I recently prepared in the kitchen is a dish that is sometimes seen in restaurants and food stops in and around the metro. It’s called a “Sloppy Joe”. Some of you may be familiar with it.
It’s a great dish that provides a variety of flavors — sweet, tangy, salty… with a delightful hint of spiciness. It’s also the kind of food that packs a ton of texture which makes it very appealing, especially for kids.
Making a Sloppy Joe isn’t all that complicated. In fact, anyone can make it. But what I do recommend is that you choose your ingredients wisely. Quality is key. That’s one of the reasons why whenever I whip up a potato-based dish, I never compromise and always go for US potatoes, whether I require fresh or frozen ones.
Why US potatoes?
Well, US potatoes are great because they offer the “good” kind of carbs — complex carbs to be specific. Why do we prefer complex carbs, you ask? For a ton of reasons, really. You see, complex carbs such as US potatoes, allow our bodies to stay fueled for longer periods of time. It helps improve digestion. It actually promotes weight loss. And it also keeps your heart healthy.
You can google more about the benefits of complex carbs during your free time. But for now, let’s get started with our deliciously healthy Sloppy Joe!
This time around, for my Sloppy Joe, I needed some fries. So, I quickly made my way to the nearest grocery to purchase a couple of bags of frozen US potatoes.
Instead of frying my US potatoes (french fries), I opted to air fry them instead. It’s a great way to get the same flavor, crispness and texture, without the extra cholesterol that cooking oil brings.
If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t fret. Just make sure to use a healthy kind of cooking oil like Canola.
After air frying my US potatoes, I placed them on a plate and poured a large amount of delicious meat sauce on top of it. But, of course, a good Sloppy Joe wouldn’t be complete without cheese, wouldn’t you agree? So, I made sure to pour a generous amount of warm, thick, rich cheese sauce (OMG. I’m getting hungry.) on top of the piping hot meat dressing and grated quick melt cheese for… well… “extra cheesiness”. LOL!
Make your own Sloppy Joe!
Here are the step-by-step procedures on how to make your own Sloppy Joe:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced Himalayan pink salt
- 1 kilo Angus ground beef 1 large pack tomato sauce 1 small pack tomato paste Pre-boiled kidney beans Quickmelt cheese
- 1 large bottle chiz whiz
- 1 tetra pack all purpose cream Water
- Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic. Stir.
- Add ground beef until it is no longer pink.
- Stir tomato sauce into the beef mixture and let it simmer. Add the tomato paste. Let it boil.
- Add the pre-boiled kidney beans and stir. Make sure not to crush the beans.
- Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
- Set aside.
- Place US potatoes inside your air fryer and close the lid if it’s almost full.
- Add a little bit of oil in the fryer.
- Wait for it to cook for 20 mins.
- Set aside.
- In a non-stick pan, pour the entire chiz whiz and half pack of all purpose cream. Let it boil while stirring continuously.
- Season to taste.
- Assemble the frozen US potatoes (french fries) in a plate or bowl. Whichever you like.
- Scoop some meat mixture on top of the fries.
- Pour the cheese sauce and grate some quick melt cheese on top.
In case you want to be a little bit more adventurous on the kind of US potatoes you want to use, you’ll be happy to know that these US frozen potatoes, which are easily available in leading supermarkets nationwide, come in different varieties. Some of the cuts available are frozen half shells, wedges, slices, straight cuts, crinkle cuts, loop/curly or popularly known as twister fries, lattice/basket weave, tater tots, and hash browns.
So, go ahead and get creative! Your family will love you for it!
Have fun making your own home cooked meal for the family — the way I always do. Nothing beats watching your loved ones enjoy a dish that’s delicious, healthy and made with love.