Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Root Beer Sloppy Joes - 4 Points

As you know, I have a bit of a fascination with cooking with soda. For example

Diet Soda Muffins
And, of course, Diet Cola Brownies

So, when I saw a recipe for "Root Beer Sloppy Joes" in Parenting magazine, I felt that it was my destiny to give it a go. The results were...mixed. I liked it but I also could taste the root beer very plainly. I would take a bite and think, "Mmmm...sloppy joes....wait...root beer?" If you don't like root beer, these are not for you (try one of the confections above instead). If you do like root beer, and are up for something different, give it a go yourself. Let me know if your thoughts take the same train as mine.

Root Beer Sloppy Joes

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup diet root beer
2/3 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
1/2 cup minced scallions (optional) - not in mine
3 tbsp diced green chilis (optional) - not in mine
1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat; spray with non-stick cooking spray or kitchen spritzer. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
2. Add beef and saute five minutes, stirring to separate. Stir in chili powder, salt, and pepper.  Add root beer, tomato sauce, chilis, and Worchestershire sauce. Bring to a livily simmer; cook for 15 minutes.
3. Stir in the scallions. Serve on buns or rolls
4. Yields  4, 4 point servings

It is not Music Friday, but writing of my rambling thoughts means I have to ask...does anyone else hear this in their head when they use the words "train of thought"? No? Just me? Oh, well....
"My train of thought's runnin' right on time, but it's off the track and I'm losin' my mind."


  1. I totally dig root beer so this might be a perfect recipe for me :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Soda is like fizzy drinks right? Like Sprite and lemonade and stuff? Just to clarify! Those diet cola brownies look amazing, bet they taste it too, I really want to try some now! Thanks for the ideas :)

  3. I love root beer, but not sure about the taste in sloppy joes, but your desserts look very interesting.

  4. This is definitely new to me! I always love a good sloppy joe, so will be sure to try this next time I make a batch! =)

  5. I haven't tried anything diet cola.Looks like I need to try baked goodies with them.

  6. All l,ook nice I love Lemon pecan butter cake!! gloria

  7. Using diet cola and diet soda in cake and muffins.Great idea,we tried with sugar free Indian deserts but this looks nice.Thanks for drop in my space.

  8. oh my gosh, I want one of those brownies please!!!

  9. I like root beer...and sloppy joes...might have to try that one.


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