Remember the good ol’ days? Back when calories didn’t matter and licking your plate was encouraged?

FoodieCrush Magazine Sloppy Joe

One of my favorite dinners as a kid was Sloppy Joes, and the memories of stealing tastes of the burn—the—top—of—my—mouth—oh—no—it’s—a—blister as it simmered on the stove.

And the memories of the always expected retort from my mom “to leave it alone or there’d be nothing left for ‘the rest of them.'” Them. As in, my family.

My mom’s recipe has most of the regular ingredients with one special secret: the sweetness of a can of condensed tomato soup—which helps make for a super quick recipe made in just one pot.

Ladled onto a soft bun with a hearty serving of pickles and potato chips—no, not on the side, but right on the sandwich—and it’s a kids dream all over again.

So when a few of us bloggers got together and the conversation turned to childhood fave recipes, we wanted to share. With everyone.

On Wednesday, October 5, we’ll each be posting our own Family Food Flashback recipes. And we want you to join us with your story, your recipe.

Send me a link to your recipe by Monday, October 3 and we’ll add your link to our list of recipes for post on Wednesday, October 5 and we’ll share memories of dinner time before Ipods and microwaves. Well, some of us will anyway.

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for Miss P’s 3-napkin oh-so-sloppy-joes.

Sloppy Joe Recipe |

Mom's Sloppy Joes Recipe
This family favorite sloppy joe recipe is easy for weeknight dinners.
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 can tomato soup (Campbell's condensed)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns or other favorite soft bun
  1. In a deep sided skillet, cook beef for 5 minutes. Add onion, green pepper and celery and cook until tender and beef has browned. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until you've eaten so much you've developed blisters on the roof of your mouth. Load onto buns and serve with pickles and potato chips.
  2. If you have extra meat leftover, serve over pasta noodles or in taco shells or tortillas for yet another quick dinner option.

And now, more favorite sloppy goodies.

FoodieCrush Magazine Simply Delicious Sloppy Joe photo > Simply Delicious

Food blogging knows no borders and this South African, like me, dislikes brussels sprouts. But check it, she likes veggies of all kinds and isn’t afraid to add them. So when Alida created her Simply Delicious Vegetable Loaded Sloppy Joe, she found the silver bullet: beefy girth and veggie goodness.

FoodieCrush Magazine A Little BIt of Christo The Sloppyphoto > A Little Bit of Christo

What? You haven’t tried wild boar recently? Maybe its because you didn’t have a recipe. Problem solved thanks to A Little Bit of Christo. The Sloppy—as Christo has christened his creation (alliteration anyone?)—is topped with an egg fried in duck fat and some added heat from fried jalapenos. He might want to reconsider renaming it the Genius Joe. P.S. Ok, this recipe is made in one pot and two fry pans. But the extra pans are beyond worth it.

FoodieCrush Magazine The Curvy Carrot Sloppy Joephoto >The Curvy Carrot

Yeah, you’ve heard it before but this time its true. You won’t miss the meat. Soy crumbles–seriously, give them a try– added to a bunch of veggies creates The Curvy Carrot‘s Summer Squash Veggie Sloppy Joes. Follow Shanon to the way and you just might never go back.

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