Did everyone have a relaxing and fun weekend? I had a great weekend! I’m loving the weather in Colorado right now. To be honest the perfect weather is making me want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible right now, I know, crazy since cooking and baking are two of my passions. This desire to spend less time standing in the kitchen and more time running, biking, and working in my garden has lead me to start making quick and easy meals like these Sloppy Joes.
This past weekend was spent running 15 miles on Saturday, followed by a hike on a trail near our house, and then going to see the new X-Men movie later in the afternoon. Sunday was a 12 mile run and then a beautiful 30 mile bike ride. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, mid 80’s with a cool breeze and some passing clouds. This seriously was one of the biggest draws for my husband and I moving to Colorado. There is no way we would be enjoying ourselves this much in the beginning of June in Arizona. When I checked to see what the weather was doing in Arizona this past weekend I saw temperatures near 110 and here we are in Colorado sitting in the mid 80’s and loving every second of it! Sorry Arizona family and friends but I am NOT missing that state right now! So back to these super fast, easy to make Sloppy Joes.
The recipe is one that my Grandma used to make and I absolutely love it. The key ingredient in these sloppy joes that makes them so wonderful, honey! The honey adds a sweetness to the tang of the apple cider vinegar and balances the mild spiciness of the hot sauce and chili powder. I prefer to use lean ground turkey when I make my sloppy joes, but I know that her original recipe calls for ground beef which you can certainly use instead.
From start to finish these sloppy joes take about 15 minutes to make, you can’t beat that when you need a hearty meal on the table in a hurry. We enjoyed these sandwiches after our long bike ride Sunday and lucky for me there are leftovers so I’ll be having one for lunch today too! If you are fortunate enough to be having wonderful weather where you are, stay outside and enjoy it, don’t spend hours standing in the kitchen. Instead, whip up these delicious made from scratch Sloppy Joes in a matter of minutes!