Can you believe the 4th of July is this weekend?! While some might call us crazy, we’re packing our little guy Lars (official intro coming in a few days!), throwing our bags in the car, and heading up to the cabin for the weekend. It’s hard to believe just a few years ago we were spending our first 4th of July together at the cabin, running in a muddy 4th of July 10K in the backwoods of Northern Minnesota and enjoying a campfire with friends, and now we are bringing our newborn up with us. Craziness.
I always think of the 4th of July as the perfect time to grab some friends, head outside, and have a barbecue or a picnic before watching the fireworks. Sloppy joe’s also come to mind when I think of get-togethers during the summer, because the meat is so easy to make ahead of time and keep warm in a slow cooker. Don’t get me wrong – I love my grilled meats. But you have to feel bad for whoever is the one stuck standing over the grill cooking for everyone. So on a weekend where maximizing the fun is high priority, sloppy joes win.
These sloppy joe’s are a fun take on Philly Cheesesteaks, complete with the cheese sauce! I used GO Veggie! Lactose-Free Cheddar and Pepper Jack Shreds for the cheese sauce to cut back on calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Bonus: it’s gluten-free too! It melted like a charm and was the perfect gooey cheese sauce that every Philly Cheesesteak should have!
Even though they are a little less indulgent, these sloppy joes are still every bit of delicious. The only problem with them is the problem that comes with every sloppy joe – they are a little messy to eat! I think that just adds to the fun of eating them, and we used our potato chips to scoop up the meat that fell out. Problem, solved!