Easy Dinner Recipes for Kids: Vegetable Loaded Sloppy Joe Minis

My husband has always had a love affair with sloppy joes. I actually had NEVER tried sloppy Joes before we got married and then in effort to be a good wife I tried to make them our first year of marriage. I could never enjoy them because they were so overly sweet, messy, and seemed like a waste of calories. I was so happy to come across Lauren’s Latest Veggie Loaded Sloppy Joes: http://www.laurenslatest.com/healthier-crockpot-sloppy-joes/
  that included tons of veggies . I slightly adapted her recipe to fit our paleo efforts and used coconut sugar and less ketchup ( although not perfectly paleo). And then I put them on the gluten free bite size dream buns BRAZI BITES  as seen on shark tank! I am kinda OBSESSED with these bites that are made with tapioca starch and cheese. They melt in your mouth and they are just so cute.

I am also always on the hunt for Vegetable recipes for my kids!! I don't always want to hide veggies from them because I want them to learn to love the colors and nutrients and taste, but adding them into a treat that they already love is just such a bonus. These Veggie Loaded sloppy joes have about half the sugar of regular sloppy joes and the sugar it does have added is in the ketchup and coconut sugar! This is a seriously healthy dinner recipe for your kids and your husbands. Actually the first time I tested this recipe my kids were asleep and my husband was ripping these sloppy joe bites out of my hand!! This is a  fairly simple recipe to make and if you get your kids in the kitchen to make it with you they will probably be even more excited to eat it. You can choose your own buns but I HIGHLY suggest trying out the gluten free/grain free braze bites which is authentic brazilian bread . They are soft and gooey and WONDERFUL and their mini size make them even more fun! Don't forget to subscribe to our channel for more kid approved easy dinner recipes and hopefully get inspired to cook with your kids, the results are worth it!  My kids flipped. My husband flipped. and I now have a new fun healthy treat to bring to partys. This is the perfect kids food because they are exciting and oh so mini. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Veggie Loaded Sloppy Joe Minis Featuring Brazi Bites FULL RECIPE

1 medium zucchini ( Shredded or Chopped) 
I used my Ninja Chopper because it is AMAZING and I use it to chop all my veggies
1 medium yellow squash ( shredded or Chopped)
2 lb ground beef
1 med onion (Chopped)

1.5 cup water
1 cup ketchup
 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
 1/2 tablespoon dried mustard or brown mustard
 1/4 cup coconut sugar
 1 tablespoon chili powder
 salt & pepper, to taste

Brazil Bites ( I used the original) 

Ninja Chopper
Slow Cooker ( if desired)
Baking Sheet

Saute Onion until Translucent then add beef and brown. Drain and set aside. 

Place chopped zucchini and squash in non stick pan with a splash of oil and salute on medium for a couple minutes until all the water has evaporated out of them. This is called sweating your veggies. Combine sweated Veggies with meat and set aside. 

In empty pan mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and stir slowly over medium low heat until fully combined and the sauce thickens.  Pour sauce over meat and veggie combo and let sit on low heat for 30 min to and hour. For better flavor put meat and sauce mixture into your slow cooker for 3-4 hours, this allows the meat and veggies to absorb all the AWESOME SAUCE . 

Bake Brazi Bites according to bag about 15 minutes before dinner time, let cool for a few minutes and add sloppy joe mixture. Serve immediately! 

Katelyn Meyer