Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes on a wooden plate

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes combine two classic sandwiches for a fun twist! They’re flavor-packed, meaty, cheesy and delicious!

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes on a wooden plate

This post is sponsored by Iowa Beef,
but all opinions and text are my own!

It’s no secret that I love helping farmers here in the state of Iowa (and beyond!) promote their commodities. This partnership with Iowa Beef is extra special to me, because it combines two of my favorite things: my kiddos and one of my favorite proteins.

Of course I’m sharing a recipe that my family loves, but I’m also going to share how I serve it to my littles! Mamas (and dads!), this one is for you!

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes on a wooden plate with peas

Ingredients Needed

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Veggies – Yellow Onion & Green Bell Pepper (You could also add red bell peppers and mushrooms!)
  • Ground Beef – I used 80% lean ground beef, but use what you’ve got!
  • Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • Beef Bouillon Cube
  • Spices – Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Corn Starch
  • Provolone Cheese – I always prefer to purchase a block of cheese and shred it (however, you could certainly purchase shredded cheese!)
  • Hamburger Buns

VIDEO: How to make Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Introducing Solids to Babies

Around 6 months of age, babies are typically ready to begin solids. I started feeding my girls solids when they had just turned 6 months old, starting with single-ingredient veggie purees and soon after adding meat purees.

Beef is rich in iron, zinc, choline, B vitamins and protein, all of which are important to infants. But something as flavorful as Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes??! Yes!! Research shows that flavor and spice is GOOD for infants as it expands their taste buds!

How to Introduce Babies to Solids

Introducing new foods to babies can be fun, exciting and a bit overwhelming for the parents. From one mama to another, you’ve got this!

The graphic below shows different textures of ground beef/sloppy joe meat and how to know when they might be ready to move onto the next phase!

Pureeing meat for babies

Tips for Making Homemade Baby Food

When your baby is ready for purees, you have the option of purchasing store-bought baby food or making your own. There are pros and cons to each (think cost, price and convenience) and either is a great option. If you choose to make your own, here are a few tips!

Equipment: Make sure you have a good food processor, blender or baby food blender. I have always used my food processor as it cleans up easiest.

Ingredients: Food safety is always important, but even more-so with little ones. Make sure to properly cook (like ground beef to 160F!) and store the ingredients you plan to feed your baby. When you blend the food, you’ll need some type of liquid. You can use breast milk, formula or water. Add a little bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Storage – My favorite way to store homemade baby food is by using silicon ice cube trays. I’ll puree the foods, pour them into the container, cover and freeze. Once they’re solid, I’ll pop them out of the container and put them in labeled freezer bags. (See photos below!)

Tips for Feeding Solids at Different Ages & Stages

  • Consistency – As you can see in the photos above, different ages and developmental stages require different textures. You know your kid best, so take it one day at a time and ease into new textures.
  • Presentation – It doesn’t have to be complicated, but make it visually interesting! Include a variety of colors and shapes to make it more appealing. For toddlers, adding fun plates and utensils can help pull their attention to their food.
  • Encouragement – Encourage your kiddo to try everything, even if it’s just one bite. I can’t tell you how many times McKinley tried something and realized she loved it! And when she didn’t, we simply said “that’s okay, I’m so glad you tried it!”
  • Be Patient – Kids can be picky! And from experience I can tell you that they might love something one day and hate it the next. That’s okay – just keep encouraging them to try it! Think about the division of responsibility….the parent/guardian is responsible for getting them the right foods and it’s the child’s responsibility to decide how much of it they want to eat.
  • Plan for Clean-Up – Babies have to learn how to eat solids and let’s just be honest, it’s MESSY. Take your time…..and stock up on paper towels and laundry detergent! 😉
  • Visit Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.com for more information on feeding beef to your baby.

DISCLAIMERIf you have questions about starting solid foods, consult your pediatrician or health care provider.

Healthy, balanced kids meal with sloppy joe meat, bun, peaches and peas
My oldest daughter (now agre 3), would love this plate of food. It’s colorful and has lots of different textures & flavors. Where does the time go?! I could’ve sworn she was just eating pureed meat like yesterday… 🙂

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes on a wooden plate

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Kelsey
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes combine two classic sandwiches for a fun twist! They're flavor-packed, meaty, cheesy and delicious!
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 c low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 4 oz shredded provolone cheese
  • hamburger buns

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat.
  • Sauté the onions and peppers until soft; reduce burner to medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef and brown until it's no longer pink; drain excess grease.
  • In a small bowl, combine the beef broth, bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire and corn starch.
  • Pour into the beef mixture and stir. Let boil for 5 minutes then remove from the heat.
  • Stir the cheese into the beef mixture and serve on the prepared buns.
Keyword sloppy joes

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