{Sloppy Joes}

Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite summery meals. My husband LOVED these and I will admit I thought they were quite scrumptious myself. 🙂

1 Tbs butter
3 lbs ground beef
1/2 large onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cups water
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp dry ground mustard
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
3 Tbs tomato paste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
kaiser rolls

Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Spoon meat mixture over the rolls. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips!

Adapted From: The Pioneer Women

{Turkey Pesto Panini}

This is one of our favorite easy dinners. And it’s kinda like pizza where you can just change it up so much. These were the ingredients we had on hand so we just went with them, and it was really tasty. I don’t own a Panini Maker so I just use my little George Forman Grill and it totally does the trick. 🙂

Bread (I used 8 grain bread)
Thinly sliced turkey breasts from the deli
Cheese ( I used provolone. But swiss would be great too)
1 tomato thinly sliced
Handful of raw baby spinach
Red onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs pesto
1 Tbs Mayonaise

Butter both sides of the outer slices of bread. Top with the pesto and mayonaise, and then the cheese. Add all other toppings and grill in a panini maker or a George Forman grill (what I use)