“Veggie” Sloppy Joes and whole fruit popsicles

It has been quite an eventful week !  I got to be in Austin for the birth of my nephew…SO EXCITING…nothing sweeter than a newborn baby !  The kids were SO excited to meet their new cousin :)

Presley and Baby Maxx

Cash and Baby Maxx

My sister in law had the fridge stocked with food (yes, she’s about to give birth and she was in the kitchen cooking!!!) She makes the most fabulous vegetable curry !  I am going to try making my own at home and will post soon.
Then Friday we went to see Kings of Leons…a fun night except the lead singer decided to cut the show short because he was “too hot” (aka too intoxicated to stand much less sing).  SAD.
Hope he gets his crap together…it would be an extreme waste of talent not to.  I still LOVE them though !!!
This morning before church, we made these beautiful and tasty popsicles ! I let the kids make them…they picked their fruit (raspberries and blueberries) and juice (orange).
By the time we got home from church, they were perfectly frozen.
Just add your choice of fruit to any popsicle mold and then top with juice and/or yogurt.
My son said he wanted to serve these at his birthday party in a couple weeks … Guess I need some more molds ;-)

Homemade Popsicles

Tonight for dinner we had Sloppy Joes…I used to LOVE these as a kid !!!  However, this recipe is much healthier than the original ! This recipe was adapted from “Deceptively Delicous” by Jessica Seinfeld…I LOVE this recipe book because she so effortlessly sneaks veggies into anything you can think of !  She purees her veggies but in this recipe…I just diced them !  I like the texture better than pureed.
Sloppy Joes
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground buffalo  (see below why I like to use bison/buffalo meat…less fat than chicken or turkey and more protein!)
1/2 baked sweet potato
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup broth (beef, chicken or veggie)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Saute onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil.
Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
Add the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Spoon over whole wheat hamburger buns (I used the Orowheat thins this time)
Enjoy :)
sauteed celery, onions and garlic

Sloppy Joe filling

Sloppy Joes

17149 71.59    146  20.23 7.21    2.917 2.753 0.336
90% Lean
23562 69.50    176  20.00 10.00    4.058 4.353 0.344
84% Lean
10972 64.67    218  17.99 16.00    5.362 7.280 2.235
TURKEY 05305 71.97    149  17.46 8.26    2.250 3.100 2.000
CHICKEN 05332 73.24    143  17.44 8.10    2.301 3.660 1.508


I will leave you with this tip for the day :
If you ever spray tan, don’t go work out before washing it off !!!  This is what my top looked like 20 minutes into my tennis drill…nice ! And it’s one of my favorite Lululemon tops ! Thanks to Oxyclean it came out … WHEW !

spray tan and tennis don't go together



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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Shaun Whitehorse says:

    I have sent your site to the wife…. I want those sloppy joe’s :)

  2. Jennyjenn says:

    Thank Shaun!

  3. Melissa says:

    I think my kiddos will LOVE these!! Going to make them this week! Thanks Jenny Jenn! :)

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