When we moved to the country I started perusing the Farm section on Craigslist daily. I kept see the term “husband safe” and “bomb proof” in reference to horses being sold. I kind of figured out that “bomb proof” meant a bomb could go off next to the horse and not spook it. I still had no idea what “husband safe” meant and curiosity got the better of me and I looked it up on Google. I found out that it is a term women, more likely to be horse people, use for horse’s that even their husbands can safely ride.
I borrowed the term for my creation of a Sloppy Joe that my husband will eat. I like Manwich and think it belongs on every pantry shelf for those nights when you need a meal fast. However, my husband does not like Manwich sauce because…
Look closely at the picture of the Manwich and you’ll see the problem. “There are green things in there.” Michael cannot possibly eat anything with “green things in it.” The green things he is referring to most of the time are green bell peppers, but red, yellow and orange bell peppers can cause a similar reaction. So a couple of months ago I needed a quick meal and decided to make Sloppy Joes, sans the ready to use Manwich sauce with the “green things” in it.
Please don’t sue me for defamation Hunts. He doesn’t eat anyone else’s bell peppers either. I buy ready to heat-and-eat pasta meals in the frozen section of the market and carefully pick through it, removing all green and red things before cooking. It’s not you Hunts, it’s him, ok?
Here’s my recipe for Husband Safe Sloppy Joe’s. If you omit the onion it might even be kid safe!
- 1 lb ground beef (80/20 works well)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 medium onion chopped fine
- Dash of tabasco sauce
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup catsup or ketch-up
- Hamburger Rolls
Brown the ground beef and onion in a large non-stick pan, crumbling it well. Add the salt.
Add the brown sugar and cook until melted and blended with the meat and onion.
Drain as much of the grease from the browned meat mixture but remember, according to the foodies, fat is where the flavor is. Add the ketch-up and heat through.
Spoon onto warm hamburger buns with mayo if desired.
My Sloppy Joe is not husband safe. If you lift the lid you will see…green things! Not just some innocent little bits of bell pepper, but hot pickled jalapeno peppers!
Now that’s a Sloppy Joe!