I’m just going to put it out there. I’m a great baker. Okay, a fantastic baker. Yep, I said it. But when it comes to cooking….not so much.
It’s not that I don’t know how to cook. I just don’t like it as much as baking up a batch of gooey brownies. So what happens is – I can’t think outside the box. I have like five go-to meals for my family and the rest comes out of the freezer. I know, I know…terrible, right?! Thankfully, Pinterest is there for me. It *gets* me because it fills its pages with glorious ideas for every meal and every occasion.
Okay, it’s not Pinterest but those who pin all these fabulous recipes. When it comes to actual dinners, I like to try them on my family first before I recommend them to you. Brownies are brownies but a full entree can look delicious in a photo but taste just gross. I wouldn’t do that to you! :)
So, when I saw the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff, I knew I *might* have a winner.
I have to admit though that my husband and kids aren’t crazy about plain ole’ sloppy joes. It used to be one of my “go-to dinners” so they really don’t get excited if I say that is what’s for dinner. That being said, I had to keep the “sloppy joes” part of the recipe title a secret from them. Oh yeah, they don’t really like mushrooms, but I do, so I left them in. I’m the one cooking it after all, so too bad! So I decided not to tell them about the mushrooms either. I figured if they tasted them in it and picked ’em out…whatever…but maybe they wouldn’t notice?
Even with the sloppy joes and the mushroom part I was holding out hope that the family would like this meal or at least tolerate it. From start to finish, it took me about 20 minutes to make. Not bad. I threw in a side of mac n cheese to complete the meal. Hey, I said I wasn’t that great of a cook and it was the “deluxe” mac n cheese so it’s not that bad, right?!? Okay, moving on…
I prepared the entire dinner and served it to the family with bated breath. I hate making something that no one eats. All of a sudden my hubby says “what’s in this?” before even taking a bite. Then both older kids chime in, “yeah, what’s in this? Is this a mushroom? What is this tiny green thing?”
“Seriously, are there mushrooms in this?” my husband immediately demands.
JUST EAT IT. Seriously, don’t worry about what is in it and just eat it. No one in this house is allergic to ANYTHING so you won’t die! EAT.
Hmmm…that worked. They started eating. Crazy.
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Every one of them cleaned their plates and asked for more! My picky 7 year old daughter just kept repeating, “I love this! I really like it.” and my 5 year old son who barely eats a vegetable without being forced to said nothing because he was too busy eating. And my “is-there-mushrooms-in-this-husband” ate it all AND a second helping!
Hahahaha! I WIN!! They all ate mushrooms and onions and green peppers and LIKED IT!! WooHoo!
If you are looking for a winner meal that is super easy to make (less than 20 minutes!), you have to try this!
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. steak sauce
1 c. beef stock
1 green pepper, chopped
1 pkg. sliced mushrooms
Provolone cheese, cut into slices or pre-sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste
Brown the ground beef over med-heat in a large skillet for about 5-6 minutes. Add the chopped onion, green pepper and mushrooms and cook another 3-4 minutes, until they start to get tender.
Stir in the steak sauce and beef stock, season with salt and pepper, bring up to a boil and cook about 2 minutes.
Turn on your oven broiler.
Spoon a scoopful of the meat on the bottom half of the bun. Drizzle additional steak sauce on top. You can either place the cheese directly on the meat and place under the broiler to melt OR place one slice of cheese on bun top and toast under broiler. Put the sandwich together and serve with a tasty side. That’s it. Seriously, these things are GOOD!