I am a lover of Diet Coke. Mmmm.... those bubble just get me giddy, and I just love the way an ice cold Diet Coke tastes. I wasn't always a lover of Diet Coke. It all started when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. I was practically as big as an elephant and it was the middle of summer and I was extremely miserable. On my way out to my parents house, there was a huge Coke billboard that was red and it had bubbles all over it... similar to the one below.
Those bubbles would just call out to my gigantically pregnant self. They would sing "Drink me and all your miserable pregnancy woes will disappear"... oh, how I wanted to drink those bubbles.
And so I did.
I broke down one day and bought myself a fountain drink at 7-11, which I never do.
As I sipped those amazing Coke bubbles, I knew there was no going back.
I was hooked.
From then on, I had a Coke once a day.
After my daughter was born, I switched to Diet Coke, which was even better.
I knew my love affair with Diet Coke could easily spiral out of control, so I allowed myself a DC only while I was working, which was 2 days a week.
There are rare occasions when I will buy a case of DC, but I limit myself so that it's still a novelty every time I drink it.
Pathetic, I know.
So, on those bless.ed occasions when I do buy a case of DC,
it is inevitable that I will make Diet Coke Sloppy Joes.
I'm not sure where I came across this recipe, but it's made me love sloppy joes.
These DC sloppy joes are tangy and have just a hint of sweetness.
I apologize for the terrible quality of the picture, but remember, I like to bake and cook.
I'm not a professional photographer!
So please, hold this recipe sacred to your heart.
It's one of my faves...
Diet Coke Sloppy Joes
1 lb. lean, ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 TBSP flour
1 can DC
2/3 c. ketchup
2 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. dry mustard
3 TBSP brown sugar
*** You can always add more Worcestershire sauce, mustard, or brown sugar.
I always add more. Remember how I hate measuring? I usually just dump ingredients in until I like the way it tastes.... I'm just sayin'...
Brown the beef and the onion in a skillet. Add all the other ingredients and simmer for awhile, until the sauce thickens....
Now, for the love of pete... enjoy!