Thursday, January 27, 2022

Sloppy Joes #recipe by V.alerie Burns @vmburns

VMBurns:  I used to start each new year with the same resolution, LOSE WEIGHT. I've stopped making resolutions.  In fact, I no longer use that evil four-letter D-word (diet). Now, I vow to make better choices. Hopefully, those choices will result in weight loss or better health. Back when I was dieting, I ran across a Weight Watchers recipe for Sloppy Joes. I've adapted the recipe a smidge, and it's now my favorite Sloppy Joe recipe because it's super easy and very flavorful. 

SLOPPY JOES 


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 - 1 1/2 lb hamburger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Chop the bell pepper and onion and cook on medium heat until softened. 

2. Add the hamburger.


3. Break up the hamburger and brown until no longer pink.



4. Drain the mixture and then return to skillet.

5. Add the remaining ingredients.



     





6. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Not concerned about calories or losing weight? It's still yummy, but go ahead and add butter to your bun and toast it with a slice of cheese.  

READERS: Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Answer Yay or Nay in the comments for a chance to win a copy of KILLER WORDS.


V. M. Burns

My most recent release is KILLER WORDS, Mystery Bookshop Mystery #7.

Valerie Burns

Bookstore owner and mystery writer Samantha Washington comes to the aid of the cop who once arrested her own grandmother . . .
 
Sam and Nana Jo are back in sleepy North Harbor, Michigan, where Sam is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book. In search of more immediate excitement, Nana Jo hits the casino with her fellow Shady Acres Retirement Village gal pals—but they get more than they bargained for when they witness Detective Bradley Pitt decking mayoral candidate John Cloverton.
 
As Sam well knows, mystery novels are full of brilliant detectives, genius sleuths, and hero cops. Detective Bradley Pitt—aka “Stinky Pitt”—is another story. In the past, the dull-witted detective has mistakenly accused members of Sam’s family for crimes they didn’t commit. Now, it’s his turn: when Cloverton turns up dead, he’s arrested. With his predilection for polyester, Pitt has been wanted by the fashion police for years, but Nana Jo knows her former elementary school math student would never commit murder—it doesn’t add up. Somebody’s framed the flatfoot to take a fall, and Sam and Nana Jo must step in to restore the reputation and good name of Detective Pitt.

  


34 comments:

  1. Yay for me. My resolution this year is to eat and exercise better. Thanks for the recipe. We love sloppy joes, yours look so simple and delicious! Thanks for the chance!!!

    jarjm1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Best of luck with your resolution. This recipe really is simple and tasty. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for commenting and Good Luck!

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  2. I don't really make resolutions, but I would like to finish a couple projects I have going, plus get through some of my book and yarn piles.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Alicia, completing projects sounds like a great goal. Best of luck!

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  3. Nay. No resolutions for me. I just do the best I can everyday. 😊

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  4. Nay.
    I used to make resolutions when I was younger but I never kept them.
    With old age comes wisdom.... don't make resolutions!
    sharonquiltsatyahoo.com

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    1. LOL - I have to say I agree. With age comes wisdom. Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Nay for me. I gave up making resolutions years ago.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I'm with Sharon...NAY, nope on resolutions. Sure I have dreams and goals I'd like to fulfill, but I just hope we all survive this awful pandemic. And a big YAY for Sloppy Joes! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lynn,
      I agree! Surviving the pandemic is definitely a goal. Good luck!

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  7. No resolutions but I do love all your series. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Sally, Thank you so much. I'm thrilled that you enjoy my books. Good luck!

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  8. No resolutions for me. As a senior, I've learned to make the best of each day I'm given trying to be the best me I can be. I strive to be a better person both mentally and physically - although I fail often. By not making a resolution, I don't feel as if I can give up because I fail once - or twice.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "KILLER WORDS" which is most definitely on my TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy! Shared and hoping.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, I think being a better person is a fantastic goal. I love the mental aspect. The past two years have definitely been a strain. Good luck!

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  9. I don't make resolutions, but my plan is to drink lots more water this year. Infusing water with fruit and vegetables makes it more delicious and easier to drink.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Nancy, Water is so important. I've been trying to increase my water intake. I've tried adding lemon and lime juice to my water, but I've never tried adding vegetables. I'm intrigued. Good luck!

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  10. No resolutions other than to enjoy each day. I do try to eat well, exercise a little and read a lot.

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    1. Susan, I think those are awesome goals. Best of luck!

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  11. Nay. Gave up on that many years ago. But I would love to win this book. And congratulations on the new series you have coming out later this year. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Riley, thank you so much. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  12. Nay :-) Just enjoying each day's blessings and trying to do good for mankind and myself. Thank you for your gift of writing, which is a wonderful blessing for us to enjoy reading. Luis at ole dot travel

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I think those are great goals. Best of luck!

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  13. Adopting mindfulness is my resolution for 2022. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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    1. Linda, That's great. I watched a video on Mindfulness. That's certainly something we should all strive to do. Good luck!

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  14. Nay. Thanks for the recipe.
    wskwared(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. No resolutions.
    Where was I yesterday? How did I miss this?!
    Goodness. That is a lot of ketchup!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, It is, but the recipe turned out great. If you try it, let me know how it turns out for you (author@vmburns.com).

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  16. Sloppy Joes bring back great memories of childhood and camp. I did not make any resolutions this year. I guess I got tired of being disappointed in myself for breaking them. This recipe is a nice reminder to keep in touch with old friends and keep good thoughts and memories. thank you. lrj lroth(at)pcext(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad the recipe brought back great memories. Good luck!

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  17. No resolutions for me.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. You are not alone when it comes to NO Resolutions. Good luck with the giveaway and I hope 2022 is a great year.

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