I don’t know about you, but nothing can ruin a family dinner more than a whiny kid. “Why do we have to eat that?” and “How many more bites?” are two of the most dreaded questions this mama sometimes hears. I like to think in advance and eliminate as much of the whine as I can. My solution? Kid-friendly recipes everyone in the house will enjoy. Sometimes it’s all about presentation with kiddos.


One night, I took two of our family’s favorite recipes and married them together: sloppy joes and pot pies. Two favorites, one new dinner, and six happy Shulls!


Sloppy Joe Pot Pies

What do you get when you take two favorite comfort foods and marry them together? Pot pie plus sloppy joe equals perfection! My kids can’t get enough of this recipe. They’re really big fans of sloppy joes…but when they get to add a biscuit on top? Huge fans! This is that super-quick weeknight recipe every family needs. So simple, and you can totally swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken.


This recipe makes four really big individual pot pies or one large pot pie that will yield four large portions.



1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 (10-ounce) can condensed tomato soup (I use Campbell’s)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 (16-ounce) can refrigerated biscuit dough (I use Pillsbury Grands)

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grease (I use Pam) either an 8 x 8 baking dish or 4 individual oven-safe bowls. Set them aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the ground beef in a drizzle of olive oil. Once the meat is browned and crumbly, add the chopped onion and a liberal pinch of both salt and pepper. Sauté just a few more minutes or until the onions are tender. Stir in the tomato soup and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the ground beef mixture into your prepared baking dish and then top with the uncooked biscuits. If you’re using individual serving dishes, top each bowl with two biscuits.

Place the serving dish(es) in the oven and bake about 10 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are browned.

Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Now, the bottoms of your biscuits won’t brown because they’re resting on the pot pie mixture. We love it this way, but if you want your entire biscuit cooked through, you’ll need to cook them separately (perhaps while the mixture is simmering on the stove) and then just top your sloppy joe mixture with them and immediately serve. Either way, delish!


Taken from: Mix-and-Match Mama Kids in the Kitchen: Crazy-Fun Recipes to Make Memories Together. Copyright © 2017 by Shay Shull. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. www.harvesthousepublishers.com. Used by Permission.

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