So they spent a good hour pouring over cookbooks and came up with Sloppy Dogs and Oven Cheese Fries.
Now, the Sloppy Dogs are a variation of the Sloppy Joe, served in a hot dog bun. Also, not as sweet...more of an Italian Sloppy Joe (and in fact, the leftovers were very good on some leftover pasta!) The recipe called for ground beef, but we decided to substitute ground turkey instead. Then once the meat has browned you add some tomato sauce, onion, basil and oregano and let it simmer for about 15 minutes and then you end up with this:
Then you load the meat into a whole wheat hot dog bun and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
The method for cooking the fries was a little different than anything I'd seen before. The recipe called for the kids to dip the potatoes in egg white, bake for 10 minutes, flip, and then bake for an additional 20 minutes. The egg white made them extra crispy! Then you load them up with cheese (and Emily's addition of crumbled bacon) and then they go back into the oven for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted.
Then you add a little watermelon:
And dinner is served:
It was really very tasty. And all I had to do was buy the groceries and clean up!
Oven Crispy Cheese Fries from There's a Chef in My Family by Emeril Lagasse.