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) 

24 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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  5. Love a good sloppy Joe!! I like that this one has veggies in it too, a lot of them don’t have veggies! Too bad the lentils didn’t turn out great. In my experience, they usually are pretty soft in texture, but they would definitely part better with something more structured so it’s more interesting to eat lol. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yess!! I loved that there were veggies in the sloppy joes, I don’t think I want a regular recipe without them now. 😛 I think you’re right about the lentils, maybe if paired with other foods, it would have been better!

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