Perfect Sloppy Joes
I absolutely love sloppy joes. Who doesn’t? I grew up eating them because my dad owned a bar for 20 years and made them frequently. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s easily shared with others. You can take it to a potluck and it will be a crowd favorite. If you want a smaller crowd, you could share it with your whole family for dinner. It’s both kid and adult friendly! Your friends and family will never know it’s a modified meal that is safe for a minced and moist diet! If your friends don’t have dysphagia, let them have it on a hamburger bun! If you are able, you can eat this on a transitional solid, something like a soft, meltable cracker.
The other great part about this meal is that you can make the entire thing in one pot. It’s quick and simple with an easy clean up. You can start browning the hamburger and have the entire meal ready in 30 minutes. Then, when you’re done eating, you only have one pan to clean! It’s a perfect meal for a weeknight dinner!
Level 5: Minced and Moist
Level 5: Minced and Moist is appropriate for individuals who have good tongue control and can manage small bits of food. The pieces need to be covered in a sauce to make them easier to eat and swallow. These foods can be scooped and shaped into a ball on the plate, and no liquid can be separate from the solids. The pieces can be no larger than 4mm. If the pieces can fit inbetween the prongs of a fork, they are small enough. You can find more information here https://iddsi.org/IDDSI/media/images/Testing_Methods_IDDSI_Framework_Final_31_July2019.pdf.
The hardest part here will be to ensure that the pieces are small enough to fit the minced and moist criteria. Personally, I like to take a metal spatula and break up all the small pieces. This may take a little bit of time. You could also put the meat in a food processor and pulse it a couple of times to break up the meat before it turns into a mushy puree.
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