Sloppy Joe Stuffed Pepper and Creamy Cauliflower

Evening folks! If you read my meal plan earlier, you might remember that I was making sloppy joes. Once I made them and added pimento cheese to my sandwich. They were very tasty.

I was trying to think of another way to jazz up my sloppy joes. The girls love the sandwich; I think it tastes delicious, but it just needs another layer of flavor. I thought of just making it like a baked sub…top with cheese and melt and toast in the oven. Yum!!! Then I thought of when I make stuffed peppers with beef and rice and top it with cheese. That is pretty tasty…Could this work kind of the same way? Ummmm….YES!!!

I added a side of creamy cauliflower and a side salad of mixed greens topped with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. So good! Of course, my girls won’t touch my leafy greens with a ten foot pole, but you can’t win them all! They had Kraft macaroni and cheese… don’t judge! I had a bite and was transported to one of my high school friend’s house where we made it at every slumber party. Childhood in a box.

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Pepper
1 pound ground beef
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
a generous shake of liquid smoke… Once I ran out and used worcestershire sauce and no one noticed.
a few shakes of onion and garlic powder

Directions- Brown your ground beef. Drain any grease leftover. Add all your ingredients. Put in a pepper- I used yellow- Cut in half, take out seeds and membranes. Top with cheese. I used mozzarella. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes.

Creamy Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower cut in to florets
1 cup heavy cream
1 container of softened marscapone or cream cheese
1 cup grated parmesan
2 cloves crushed and finely chopped/minced garlic- or a tablespoon or garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 (can bake with your peppers)
Spray or butter down your baking dish
Add your cauliflower
Mix your cream, marscapone, cheese, and seasoning in a bowl and pour over your cauliflower.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and the top is bubbling.

Balsamic Dressing- I got this recipe from this website…

2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, balsamic, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic. Add the oil and whisk thoroughly to combine. Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified.

Store in a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Shake well before serving.



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