My middle son, Luke, is playing football this year, and it's his first year with pads and a helmet. It's also his first year with practice four nights a week. That makes for a pretty crazy evening at my house, and is giving me baseball season flashbacks! He eats a healthy snack, like a banana and granola bar, when he gets home from school, but can't eat dinner until he gets home from practice around 8:00. So the trick these days is to make a meal that my other two sons can eat while Luke's at practice, and that the football player and his dad can have when they get home. The slow cooker is perfect for this kind of meal, and sandwiches are a natural.
This tasty, cheesy version of the sloppy Joe fits the bill. It's ready whenever we are!
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 pound ground sausage
1 packet onion soup mix
1 pound (half a block) Velveeta or similar cheese-type product
Brown the meat in a large skillet with the onion soup mix. Drain any fat. Transfer cooked meat into a slow cooker treated with non-stick spray, or (even better) fitted with a disposable liner. Cut the Velveeta into cubes and mix it into the meat. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted. Turn slow cooker to the "warm" setting, stirring occasionally, and eat whenever you're ready!
We ate this right up on little wheat cocktail buns. Leftovers would be great in nachos, or as stuffing for baked potatoes. This would also be an easy dish to take to a potluck dinner or for tailgating at the football game! Enjoy!