Asian Style Sloppy Joe’s

Asian Style Sloppy Joe's

This was AMAZING!!!! I only changed that I served it on sweet multi-grain rolls to keep it more healthy! Will definitely make this again. Also, there is a related “2nd” recipe I will make that follows this to use up the sauce and cabbage for a time and money saving dinner¬†of stuffed cabbage rolls. I will post that if it is worthy ūüôā

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Sloppy Joes:
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 pound ground pork
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small head green cabbage
4 hamburger buns, toasted

For the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, ginger and hot sauce until blended. Reserve 1/2 cup for the Round 2 Recipe Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or another use. Set the rest of the sauce aside.

For the sloppy joes: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. When it is hot, add the onions and peppers and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the ground pork. Break up any lumps and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the pork is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. If there is a lot of fat in the pan, spoon some of it out and discard.

Add the sauce to the pan, bring to a simmer and cook until the pork mixture has thickened but is still a bit loose, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for the Round 2 Recipe Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or another use.

To serve, remove 2 leaves from the cabbage, roll them up like a cigar and slice into very thin strips. Reserve the remaining cabbage for the Round 2 Recipe Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or another use. Divide the sloppy joe mixture onto the hamburger buns. Garnish with the sliced cabbage. Top with the bun tops and serve immediately.

Oven Fried Buttermilk Chicken…a kid pleaser for sure!!

I got this recipe from and have made it several times. ¬†Super easy and delicious if you love fried chicken! ¬†Paired with corn on the cob and cranberry sauce…everyone was happy! ¬†The buttermilk soak makes the chicken so tender and juicy. ¬†I was actually able to soak this Friday night and cooked it according to the recipe the next day. ¬†I packaged it when cooled in an airtight container in the fridge. ¬†Tonight when I got home (Monday night) I heated it in the oven preheated to 375 for about 25 minutes while the corn was steaming. ¬†Dinner was on the table in 1/2 an hour…Perfect!

My photo from tonight:


Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 50 mins, plus 12 hrs marinating time | Makes: 4 servings


Ideal for a picnic, this crispy cornflake-coated chicken needs no utensils to be enjoyed. Marinating it overnight in rich buttermilk and a heaping dose of hot sauce makes for moist, flavorful, tender chicken with a kick of spice.

What to buy: Kellogg’s Corn Flake Crumbs are the perfect size for coating chicken. If you can’t find them, you can use 5 cups of cornflake cereal and process it in the food processor until finely ground, or place it in a plastic bag and crush the flakes with a rolling pin.

Game plan: If you cook the chicken just before leaving on your picnic, transport it warm, uncovered, in a basket lined with paper towels and foil. If you make it a day ahead, let it cool, then refrigerate it overnight. Pack the cold chicken in a plastic container lined with parchment paper.

The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so start this recipe a day in advance.


  • 2 cups¬†buttermilk
  • 4¬†medium¬†garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 3 tablespoons¬†hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon¬†kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons¬†freshly ground¬†black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†cayenne pepper
  • 4¬†bone-in¬†chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 4¬†bone-in¬†chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 1/4 cups¬†Kellogg‚Äôs Corn Flake Crumbs¬†or 5 cups finely ground cornflake cereal
  • 4 tablespoons¬†unsalted¬†butter¬†(1/2 stick), melted
  1. Combine the buttermilk, garlic, hot sauce, measured salt and pepper, paprika, and cayenne in a large bowl and stir until evenly combined. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and transfer it to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken, cover, and refrigerate 12 hours, turning once.
  2. Heat the oven to 400¬įF and arrange a rack in the middle. Fit a wire rack inside a baking sheet and set it aside.
  3. Place the Corn Flake Crumbs in a shallow dish and season generously with salt and pepper. Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk marinade, letting the excess drip off, and place it in the Corn Flake Crumbs, turning to coat completely and pressing the crumbs onto the chicken to adhere. Set the chicken aside on a cutting board and repeat with the remaining pieces. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the chicken pieces and transfer them to the rack on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until golden and crispy and a thermometer inserted into the chicken (but not touching the bone) registers 165¬įF, about 35 minutes.

Beverage pairing: Agrapart & Fils Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, France. Champagne is a great match for fried chicken, oven or otherwise, for three reasons. One, the bubbles just seem to go wonderfully with the texture of the batter. Two, the lemony flavor complements the chicken. And three, there’s the pleasure of the high-low: Champagne for chicken, not caviar.

Easy and Fast (and cheap!) Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Super filling, I couldn’t even finish my portion! ¬† DJ also loved them! ¬†A take off of the deep fried version of taquitos. ¬†One serving works out to be 350 calories, 40 carbs, 11g fat, 16g calcium, 16g protein and 1247 sodium.

At less than $2 a serving, less than 30 minutes from beginning to end and less than 350 calories…this is a favorite of mine!!


1Tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 small green pepper, chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed, slightly mashed

2 Tbsp real bacon bits (packaged or home made)

1 cup low sodium salsa

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 package (10 count) whole wheat tortillas

8 ounces reduced fat shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack (or a combination)

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Extra Salsa and sour cream for serving (2 Tbsp of each were figured for nutrition information)

1.  Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add bacon and cook for another minute, stirring occasionally.  Stir in beans, salsa and chili powder.  Cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium high heat.  Prepare one tortilla by spreading 1/5 of the bean mixture over tortilla, about 1/3 cup of the cheese and sprinkle some of the cilantro on top.  Place in skillet and cover with another tortilla.  Cook for about one minute, press with spatula to secure ingredients and flip.  Cook for about another minute until browned.

3. ¬†Place quesadilla on baking sheet and keep warm in a 200F oven (or just start feeding the kids, that’s what I do!!). ¬†Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 4 additional quesadillas. ¬†Allow skillet to cool if it becomes too heated. ¬†Spay with cooking spray between each quesadilla.

4.  To serve, cut each quesadilla into quarters.  Serve 3 quarters and pass with additional sour cream and salsa.


Powerhouse Skinnied Up Cobb Salad

Powerhouse Skinnied up Cobb Salad

This was very filling and DELISH! About 350 calories as opposed to about 750 from a restaurant. Using baked chicken breast and home made balsamic dressing make all the difference. I was at work so yes, it’s on a paper plate!

1 Cup Romaine
1 Cup Baby Spinach
2 oz Skinless Cooked Chicken Breast
1/4 Ripe Avocado – Chopped
1/2 Roma Tomato – Chopped
1/2 oz Shredded Cheddar
1 Tbsp Bacon Bits
1/2 Hard Boiled Egg
1 Tbsp Home Made Balsamic Dressing (Just Oil and Vinegar and spiced to your liking!)