Hey dads, just because mom is out of town doesn’t mean you have to order pizza! Check out these easy and tasty recipes for busy dads:

Sloppy Joes:

What you'll need:
  • 1 ½ pound extra lean ground beef
  • ½ diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 diced green pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water
How to prepare:
  • Place ground beef and onion in skillet and heat to medium. Cook and stir constantly until beef browns.
  • Add in garlic and green pepper and cook until softened. Add 1 cup water and stir to dissolve any brown sugar from the bottom of the pan.
  • Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add 1 more cup water and return heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes or until liquid had evaporated and mixture is thick.
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Apple Cinnamon Glazed Chicken:

  1. Place ground beef and onion in skillet and heat to medium. Cook and stir constantly until beef browns.
  2. Add in garlic and green pepper and cook until softened. Add 1 cup water and stir to dissolve any brown sugar from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add 1 more cup water and return heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes or until liquid had evaporated and mixture is thick.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. What you’ll need:
    • 2 table spoons applesauce
    • 1/3 cup apple jelly
    • 1 table spoon honey
    • 2 tablespoons honey Dijon mustard
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
    How to prepare:
    1. Prepare and preheat grill.
    2. In a small bowl, combine applesauce, apple jelly, honey, honey Dijon mustard, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
    3. Grease grill rack.
    4. Brush apple mixture on chicken and place on grill.
    5. Cook chicken for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally until chicken is no longer pink (internal temperature needs to reach 165°.
    6. Discard remaining jelly mixture.

    Crock Pot Chili:

    What you’ll need:
    • 1 pound lean ground beef
    • 1 yellow onion
    • 1 diced pepper (red, green, or poblano)
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
    • 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 14- ounce can chili beans, undrained
    • ½ cup ketchup
    How to prepare:
    1. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium high heat.
    2. Drain and transfer beef to slow cooker and add ingredients.
    3. Cook on high 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
    4. Salt and pepper to taste before serving.

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