Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Cooking with the kids: Sloppy Dogs

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cooking with the kids: Sloppy Dogs

Nathan chose this recipe recently for dinner, and I had both kids help out in the kitchen to make it. Both of them quite enjoyed this meal too, so it is definitely a keeper and is nice and easy to prepare.

The recipe is Sloppy Dogs found in Disney's Magic Kitchen Cookbook. This book is full of simple recipes for kids to help make with great Disney Characters featured throughout. 

12 ounces lean ground beef
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
8 whole grain hamburger or hot dog buns
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

When we made this we had a full pound of ground beef so adjusted everything else slightly to adapt for that. 

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, then drain well. Add tomato sauce and herbs to the ground beef, and bring to a boil. Cover skillet, and simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon meat mixture onto buns and top with cheese. We also used marble cheese as that is what we had on hand.


  1. Ooh this looks yummy! I love that it was your son's pick too!

  2. Wow that looks so good!
    I am super impressed that your son can cut with a chef's knife! I'm curious as to how old he was when you first introduced him to cutting with sharp knives? As well - what jobs did you give your 3 year old? This is always a challenge in our house!

    1. This is actually the first time that I let him use the chef's knife, but we started him at the beginning of school last year (so grade four, nine years old) with using a utility knife to cut things like bell peppers and cucumbers for his lunch. For our daughter I let her put the veggies in the container once he was done cutting, she also likes to take items to the garbage for me. It is tough at that age though. She does like to help empty the dishwasher and can put cutlery away pretty well. She will be four in November. There is a great set of tools for little kids to use in the kitchen that you can find on the Two Kids Cooking site. We have one of the curious chef knifes and it's a great, safe way to start kids out cutting things. They have lots of great tips for getting kids in the kitchen too so browse around.