I arrived at Kate's house last night just in time for a pizza and steamed vegetable supper with her and the two 2 yr-old birthday boys (her twin boys). Today, Kate and I split a Portobello Spinach Wrap and a cup of Southwestern Chicken Chili at Jason's Deli before seeing Revolutionary Road! I had a great mini-trip with the Danko crew! Thanks for having me!
Kate had some great snack items she'd made: Cherry-Chili Mini Cornbread Muffins (recipe to come), Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans (these would be great on salads and spiced different ways) and Glazed Lime Cupcakes (the best cupcake I've had in YEARS, I want to try this batter with maraschino cherries)!
After all the fun I'd had, I was excited to come home to see all my boys. Last night was Andy's first night with the house to himself since we've been married!! He goes on conference trips a couple times a year, but I'm always back home by evening. He had a fun night all too himself, and he'll be getting another two nights in April when I fly to Ohio for my little brothers wedding. Andy said the dogs were wondering around the house lost without me in the evening and it was nice having a night without one another. It made me appreciate Andy and miss him that much more! I was lucky to come home tonight to a sweet hubby and a clean house (laundry done, sheets changes, and our potato fries already cut and ready to bake).
...on to dinner...
Sloppy Joe's is one of our all time favorite Ellie Krieger recipes, along with her three bean and beef chili! I served our "joe" mixture on top of an Arnold 100 calorie Sandwich Thin.
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger
- 3 large baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick matchsticks
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the potatoes in a single layer. Bake until golden and crisp, about 35 minutes. Remove the fries with a spatula and season with salt.