Sloppy Sammies

We made Sloppy Sammies last night and they were a hit with my family.  My picky eater 3 year old even ate some and didn't spit it out!  Easy to prepare, cook and serve.

Sloppy Sammies are...

Sloppy Sammies are a recipe from the CACFP Meal Planning Guide (page 80).  For 3-5 year olds CACFP Crediting they meet requirements for Grain/Bread, 1 Fruit/Vegetable and the Meat/Meat Alternate.  Recipe for 6, 12, 24 or 48 servings!

Ideas for Involving the Children

  • Try chopping the green peppers with a plastic knife
  • Scooping the tomatoes into a measure cup
  • Pouring the tomato sauce into measuring cup

Of course with immediate supervision and you will probably have to follow up their chopping with a bit of your own to make sure the pieces are small enough.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Onion, Chopped
  • Carrot, Grated
  • Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • Ground Turkey
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomatoes, chopped or canned crushed tomatoes
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Whole Wheat Buns (hot dog or hamburger)
  • Cooking Spray

Visit the CACFP Meal Planning Guide (page 80) to get the recipe for the serving size you want, the nutrition facts, a cycle menu for the week AND a shopping list!

A Day's Menu by CACFP Component


  • Milk 1% or Fat Free
  • Fruits/Vegetables: Pineapple
  • Grains/Breads: Wheaties


  • Milk 1% or Fat Free
  • Fruits/Vegetables: Sloppy Sammies
  • Fruits/Vegetables: Cantaloupe
  • Grains/Breads: Sloppy Sammies
  • Meats/Meat Alternates: Sloppy Sammies


  • Fruits/Vegetables: Banana Slices
  • Grains/Breads: Whole Grain Mini Bagel
  • Water

CACFP Meal Planning Guide, Page 75, Menu Cycle: Summer - Week One, Friday

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