My daughter and I have started a new Friday night tradition in our home…while the boys are in the living room playing their video games, the girls are curled up in mommy’s bed with a snack watching DVR’d episodes of Aarti Party and Giada at Home. We started doing this about a month ago and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to Friday nights with my little girl. It’s become our special time together and she looks forward to it as much as I do!
What I love the most about our new tradition is that it’s turning my 4 year old into a little foodie…after each episode that we watch she specifically asks if we can make something from it…our list of recipes to try is growing quickly. And I have to say…hearing my daughter talk about Giada and Aarti just puts a huge smile on my face.
My kids are not the most adventurous eaters, but I wouldn’t call them picky either. The more we talk about food, and the more my daughter watches cooking shows with mommy…the more interested and open my kids have been to trying new foods and flavors. I’ve tried this recipe from Aarti Party’s show out on the family a couple times and both times everyone really enjoyed it. If your family already loves sloppy joes, then this is a great recipe to try and experiment with new flavors.
I followed Aarti’s recipe pretty much exactly, but I made sure to not use too much serrano pepper since my kids are just easing into spicy foods. I’ve made this dish twice, once with the pistachios, once without (because I didn’t have any) as well as once with ground turkey and once with ground beef. I recommend not adding the entire cup of water to the sauce, or just letting it simmer longer to thicken up. I’ve also made a vegetarian version by only cooking up half the meat with the sauce and adding cooked kidney beans to the leftover sauce and serving it over quinoa.
These sloppy joes were a fun way to change things up on our weekly menu and introduce the kids to Indian flavors. Let me know if you try them!
You can find the recipe for Aarti Party’s Bombay Sloppy Joes here on Food Network.
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