Thursday, May 24, 2012

sloppy joe...slop sloppy joe....

Feast your eyes on this bad boy....

It's official. I've been lured in by the recipe of a Siren the Pioneer Woman & a sweet lil' man named Joe and because of it I fell into a trap. A meat loving, roll devouring, head over heels trap. A week ago I made these sloppy Joe's from scratch for my family & they were finger lickin' & mouth watering. I're all asking, "why are you showing us this now, a week later?"....Well the answer is easy. I'm at the point right now where I am about ready to cut someone for a sandwich. 

I'll explain.

The Hubs and I decided (such wisdom we have-haha) that we would be giving up extra unnecessary carbohydrates for a while. After looking at my diet which included toast, oatmeal, sandwiches, pasta, rice etc. it's no wonder I am having a hard time dropping weight. Now that I am trying to get serious about loosing the last 40 lbs. of my 150 lb. journey (before I hit the big 3 0)....I gotta get serious. And this is one way I am going to do that. Now don't get me wrong. I am still incorporating a little bit of sugar and grains into my diet, otherwise I would be moody & mean and probably go crazy for the rest of my life without them. However, It is so not necessary to eat the amount of processed white flour type items I eat and I am sick enough of the weight I'm ready to get drastic about it (at least this week-hey I'm far from perfect).

But the last four days without all of these items has shown me what withdrawal must be like. I'm down right ready to fight someone for a simple piece of toast. It's's just food. So with these thoughts of tiny Carb people dancing around in my head (constantly) I just keep coming back to the deliciousness of this sandwich. I have visions of it in my sleep. I wasn't the only one who loved it so much. It made Oliver say his blessing twice that night...seriously (it was the cutest thing I have ever seen).

It's pretty simple to make with the help of this recipe. It's worth making it from scratch. To add a bit of "Courtney" to it, when I made it, I added a tablespoon of BBQ sauce. There are just some things this southern gal can't live without.
I recommend this recipe to any parent trying to disguise the texture of meat and the presence of bell peppers and onions in your food to your child. It is amazing. Thanks Pioneer Woman. You've done it again and brought happiness to the dinner table and well....we won't ask the scale it's thoughts.

I hope the battle with the Carbs is over soon & that life begins to feel normal without them. I just remind myself that we can do this. When I started this process I was on an all liquid diet for 30 days. Talk about mind confusion. If I can do that, then I can do this. But for the rest of you, try the sandwich and indulge in some delicious potato rolls for me with a lil' bit of Joe in between...he may be sloppy but he's ohhhh so tasty.

Don't say I didn't warn you.



  1. How about just eating it without a bun?

  2. A liquid diet for 30 DAYS?! Woah. What'd you drink? How was THAT?!

  3. Hi! From one carb addict to another, can I make a recommendation? DAMY Health Program. Carbs are allowed and encouraged, but only the healthy ones. I promise you don't feel like you're depriving yourself. You get a "treat" meal every week where you can have a few of your old stand-bys. (Pancakes were mine!) This is the only "diet" that I've ever been successful with. And it's not even really a diet but a program that teaches you how to eat, portion sizes, etc. I can't say enough about it. Good luck with the rest of your weight loss!


  4. Rachel you're the sweetest, I'll have to look into it. As for the sandwich without the bun I might have to try it but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to get my hands on the bun ;.)
    @ashley it was part of my journey of gastric bypass. Protien shakes, broths, pop cycles etc. it was torture for my mind personally ;./

  5. This looks yummy! I won't torture you and tell you I am making pretzel bites right now. Does it help if I am taking one for the team and making them for the kids?!

  6. Hey Court, when I make Joe's and run out of bread I put it over quinoa. Also really easy and good for a quick lunch. xo


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