Recipe Reviews #75

Sloppy Joes From Scratch

Recipe found on Live Freely Gluten Free
My Rating: 4 out of 5

My Review

I enjoyed the peppers, carrots, and onions in this sloppy joe! The sauce was definitely superior to one from a can but, we’ll still be trying to find a different recipe next time we make these sandwiches. There’s gotta be something better out there, I just know it.

We served it with… Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, & Green Beans

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 TBSP. Avocado Oil (we used EVOO)
  • ½ Onion diced
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • 1 TBSP. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef or Ground Turkey


  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar (we used regular sugar)
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 2 TBSP. GF Tamari Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper to taste

Lentil & Sausage Stew

Recipe found on Budget Bytes
My Rating: 3 out of 5

My Review

This was our first time trying lentils and I’m not sure if I’m a fan. The texture is way too smushy and didn’t really go well with the also smushy spinach and sausage. At least, the broth was nice and flavorful. I just would’ve liked some crunch to make it better.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium carrots (1/2 lb)
  • 4 stalks celery (1/2 bunch)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups brown lentils
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 10 oz frozen spinach

Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe found on The Real Food Dietitians
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

My Review

I would have called this a “Pineapple Chicken” over “Sweet and Sour” since, it was really all I could taste. It was a bit too sweet and there wasn’t enough different veggies included. I’d consider this recipe, Asian-inspired-American.

We served it with… Sprouts Dan Dan Asian Noodles and brown rice

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. avocado oil (we used EVOO)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1½ Tbsp. arrowroot starch (we used cornstarch)
  • 1 14-ounce can pineapple chunks in 100% juice; drained and 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • 2 medium bell peppers, any color, cut into small chunks
  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into small chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup Organic Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (reserved from pineapple after draining) 
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground dried ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional) 
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional) 

19 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #75

  1. lol the timing of this is too funny because I was just saying to my partner that I wanted to make sloppy joe’s! I’ll have to show him this recipe and try it out too (except without carrots, maybe).

    I’m a little iffy on lentils as well!

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    1. Aw the carrots just add a little crunch, you won’t even notice they are there. 😉 Hope you enjoy the sloppy joes when you make them & I’m glad I’m not the only one weirded out by lentils!


  2. Mmm that sloppy joe looks good!!!

    I never thought about it, but you’re right. Lentils are mushy! I do like a good lentil soup where the lentils are puréed though.

    Pineapple chicken…sweet & sour chicken…call it what you want, it looks tasty and I would eat it.

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    1. The sloppies were pretty good! & we may have to try the pureed lentils, we have so much left. Lol, yeah, the chicken wasn’t bad but, I hate when the name doesn’t match! ‘Sweet & Sour’ is a specific taste, to me!

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      1. It’s interesting. In Arizona the Chinese restaurants used a sweet & sour sauce that was bright red, thick and perfect. Haven’t found that sauce anywhere else. The one here has a thick, red sauce but it’s too sweet.

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  3. Gosh, I haven’t had sloppy joe’s in years. This looks so good. I make them with carrots too! I also make “garden” spaghetti with carrots and broccoli. It started out a way to get more vegetables into the diet. Now, it is a family favorite! Great looking food. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  4. I’ve never had sloppy Joe’s. They dont look like something I would eat. I know everyone says they’re really good but I cant bring myself to go there lol
    Lentils! I have had them before and I actually dont mind them. I believe I’ve had some sort of soup or stew with like potatoes and I think beans were mixed in there too amongst other things. My dads wife is from Colombia so she made it and I really liked it.
    Omg the sweet and sour chicken looks so good! Even if it is pineapple I would love to make something like that. Sorry you didnt like it as much.

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    1. Hmm… sloppy joes are kind of like a sweet version of chili, without the beans, add the buns! I wonder if you would like it… maybe not though. 😛

      The lentils were OKAY but, I wish there was more stuff so not everything in the soup was smushy. Boyfriend doesn’t want to eat them anymore now lol. I would love to try your dad wife’s soup!!

      It should have been called ‘pineapple chicken’ lol it wasn’t bad though, just kinda sweet!

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      1. Hmmm…hard to say lol. I dont mind chili but also not a huge fan haha
        Awh that was one of those recipes that makes whatever new food you tried not appetizing lol. The first time I tried asparagus was in sushi but it was so disgusting to me I literally wanted to throw up but didn’t want to be rude because it was in front of my boss when I worked at a daycare lmao. Ever since then, I’ve never tried asparagus and dont want to ever again lol

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        1. Ah, I don’t know if you’d like sloppy joes then but hey you gotta try everything once to be sure. 😉 LOLing about your asparagus story!! It has a bitter taste but if you roast it right, I think you could really like it. I get why you wouldn’t wanna try again though!!

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