Thursday, January 28, 2016


Back when I started dating my husband, he told me that one of his favorite things to eat in the entire world, and one of his most cherished childhood memories was eating his mother's version of Sloppy Joes. I told him that I would love to make them, and so he asked his mother to send us the recipe.

When I got the recipe from her, I only could laugh! I had never met my husbands mother, but her email was a glimpse of her personality, something I will always remember. To this day every time I read it her email I feel like I can hear her voice explaining it. It brings warmth to my heart, especially since she is no longer with us. But her recipe will be passed on generation after generation. This recipe came from my mother-in-law's mother. She was German and her dad was Dutch/German. I will spare you the long version of her recipe, she was very detailed about each ingredient and dedicated a small paragraph about them (she would described where to buy it, what brand, and why she preferred that brand, explaining most of the times she liked their "politics". 

So, for my first recipe blog EVER, I am honoring my mother-in-law, Alice, whom I miss every day and try to make her proud with everything I do. I love you Alice!!!!


  • 1 lbs (approx) ground beef 93% 
  • (Sometimes we replace it with ground bison. This stuff is YUMMY)
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup  
  • 1/2 green pepper, cubbed
  • Salt and Peper
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil (omit if using ground bison)
  • Hamburger Buns

  • On a large frying pan, heat up olive oil on medium heat.  
  • Season ground beef with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Brown ground beef on medium/high heat. Stir frequently, breaking the beef clumps, until brown, crumbly and simmering in the pan. Pour off fat/juices (if using bison there will be a lot more juices than beef).

    • While the meat is simmering, add 1/2 green pepper to cook with it. 

    • Simmer for about10 minutes, then add tomato sauce and about 1/4 cup of ketchup, stir and simmer on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.
    • Serve with a bun. (You can make this low cal by using lettuce leafs instead of buns)
    Who am I kidding, I eat this with chips! I will excersice this tomorrow!!! It is 
    worth it!!!

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