If you’re a long-time reader, you may recall my declaration that I simply Do Not Like Sloppy Joes (Day 75). So, you might be wondering, why on Earth is she trying another Sloppy Joes recipe? First off, the car is super cool. Second, my husband has assured me repeatedly that if I just try Manwich and not any of these “frilly” recipes for Sloppy Joes, that I might actually like them. So that’s what I’m doing. The car parts are pretty flexible. You can use whatever veggies or “meats” that you like to build the wheels, steering wheel, headlights and (if desired) insert a tiny driver.
The kids thought these were super cool. But it took them a while to actually break down and eat them. Bug actually took a bite out of a wheel and put it back at one point. She then ate the olive headlights and said “where’s his eyes??” in a super sad voice. Probably best for these to go to preschool age and older kids (our oldest is 2.5) who might be more interested in playing for a minute or two and then devouring.
Sloppy Joe Race Cars
Adapted from Race Car Sloppy Joes.
- 2 cups Lentil and Rice Ground Beef Substitute or packaged beef substitute
- 15.5 sloppy joe sauce or pasta sauce
- hoagie rolls (or you can use unsliced hot dog buns)
- Car decorations:
- zucchini or cucumber (wheels)
- olives or cherry tomatoes (headlights)
- pretzel twists (steering wheel option)
- vegan pepperoni (steering wheel option)
- pretzel sticks or carrot sticks (attachments)
- roma tomato or radish (for the driver)
Mix and heat the beef and sloppy joe sauce through.
Hollow out some of the roll. Cut out a rectangle and pull out the bread. Place a pretzel twist or half zucchini slice and half-vegan pepperoni slices as the steering wheel. Attach car wheels (zucchini slices) and headlights (pepperoni olives) with pretzel sticks.You can also create a tiny driver out of a roma tomato or radish.
Fill with sloppy joe meat.
This was much better than any Sloppy Joe I’d tried previously. I still only cared for it in a thin layer on my huge hoagie roll, but it was good. My husband loved it. And, once she got over the trauma of eating the tiny cars, Bug liked it, too. Goose loves everything; this was no exception. I think I’d much prefer the spaghetti sauce version of sloppy joes because I’m pretty sure it’s the strong Worcestershire tang to the “joes” sauce that I don’t care for. Tiny kids may like that version better, too.
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