Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sloppy Joe Dilemma

Turkey sloppy joes are on the menu for lunch tomorrow. But after much experimenting, I have decided that I don't like store-bought ground turkey. It tends to taste metallic and has an unpleasant smell. I can't place my finger on it but the smell reminds me of raw meat that has sat in the refrigerator for too long. I've never tried a turkey sloppy joe but I can guess the ingredients: bun, ground turkey (obviously), tomato sauce, chopped vegetables, and maybe ketchup. I could make vegetarian sloppy joes but since Caroline doesn't care for cooked tomatoes (except for Julie's tomato soup), mimicking tomorrow's lunch is going to be tricky. What to do? And since we've been in Chicago all weekend and haven't had a chance to go grocery shopping for the week, I need to pack Caroline a lunch with ingredients I have on hand. Does color matching count as mimicking?

Sloppy Joe trivia: Sloppy Joes were first created in 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa by a cook named Joe. Synonyms: wimpies, yip yips, slushburgers, barbecues, steamers (source: Wikipedia).

Caroline's Lunchbox Menu, September 24: Breakfast - O's, blueberries (frozen from Walton Orchards); Lunch - 100% whole grain bread, Early Girl tomatoes, cheddar cheese, roasted carrots and parsnips; Snacks - applesauce, fennel raisin bread from Bennison's Bakery stand at the Chicago's Green City Market.

Childcare Center Menu, September 24: Breakfast - orange juice, Cheerios, Life, Rice Krispies, yogurt; Lunch - turkey sloppy joes, carrot sticks, bananas; Snacks - peaches, wafers


Anonymous said...

Hmmm...How about using crumbled up tempeh to replicate the texture of ground beef for the Sloppy Joes? I'll bet that would work just great!...or even crumbled firm tofu would work?


Betty said...

Thanks, Christine. The next time sloppy joes are on the menu, I am going to make a vegetarian one and also one with ground beef. The childcare center doesn't serve ground beef but I don't think it would be a problem for us to bring ground beef for Caroline.

Anonymous said...

I'm just curious why they don't serve ground beef at the center?


Betty said...

The manual says they don't serve pork or beef for cultural/religious reasons.

rachael said...

sloppy joes was one of my fave childhood foods. i know how my mom made it wasn't very healthy (canned sauce and ground beef). I still use the canned sloppy joe's sauce (though yours sounds better) but have switched to using extra firm tofu and that has worked just fine for us (even Nick eats it).

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