Racing to the Dinner Table

In keeping with our fun food theme we made these cute sloppy Joe cars. What do you think?
(You didn’t miss our other fun food posts, did you? Octodogs and Shells, Aliens for dinner and our Squiddlers.)

These were simple to make and will be a big hit with the kids.

You will need:
* Hamburger or ground turkey
* 1 can sloppy joe sauce
* hoaggy rolls (or you can use unsliced hot dog buns)
* zucchini or cucumber
* cherry tomatoes
* pretzel twists

We made sloppy joe filling. Super easy! I browned a pound of ground turkey (because I like to fool myself into thinking we’re healthy around here) and then added a can of sloppy joe sauce. Easy peasy! But you can always make it from scratch. =o)

Then I hollowed out some of the roll. Super easy. I just cut out a rectangle and pulled out the bread.

Then fill ‘er up with sloppy joe stuff.

Don’t forget to add a stearing wheel!

Then add on some wheels and headlights with toothpicks and you are set!

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  1. What a fun idea. I will have to try that. I found your blog through the Seven Thirty Three link party. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This is a winner! Please bring it to our BlogBBQ as we say, “So Long Summer.” Sept. 2-6. Everyone would love it…it’s too cute to eat!

  3. I love this idea. My son is going through an I don’t want to eat phase… even yummy, candy! So maybe putting a fun food car that he can play with AND eat would entice him.

    Thanks for linking with What are little boys made of?

  4. Oh wow!! This is amazing! This makes dinner so much fun. My kids would LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing. You are so creative!!

  5. That is really cute:)

  6. What a really cute idea!

  7. Very cool!

  8. What a cute idea! Perhaps this will entice my son to actually try his dinner!

  9. This is such a cute idea. What little boy wouldn’t LOVE that!

  10. What a cute and fun idea…I bet your kids loved it!

  11. These are too cute! We just had sloppy joes a couple of days ago.

  12. That is tooooo cute! I love it and my kiddos will too :o)

  13. I love your blog! I am going to feature your Octodogs coming up. I made them for dinner and they were a BIG HIT! Incredible mom 🙂

  14. This is so adorable! What a fantastic idea.

  15. What a cool idea. My kids might just eat if I presented them things like this!

  16. How cute!

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  17. So creative! Looks like a great idea for a boys’ party too. Does it help the food get eaten? I wonder about that when it looks so cute.:)

  18. So cute and fun! I just showed my son and he loves it! The pretzel steering wheel is way cute too!

  19. This is just too adorable for words. I love how something as simple as hollowing out the roll and using veggies as embellishment can make an average dinner so much more fun. What kid could resist a dinner like this?

  20. Oh, I will be using this in a few months! I’m a den leader for my son’s cub scout troop. This is PERFECT food for the Pinewood Derby. Thanks for sharing!

  21. You are a favorite at this week’s It’s Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales! Thanks for sharing and be sure to grab an I ROCK! button to add some bling to your blog! Have a great weekend!

  22. This is brilliant! What a fun way to serve up a healthy dinner. Thanks for posting this fabulous idea.

    Best wishes,

  23. I’m so doing this next time I host the Tri-boys playdate! Those 4 year olds will LOVE it!

  24. This is so dang adorable! You are so creative, and I absolutely love the theme of your blog. You are a wonderful mother obviously!
    I re-posted this on our blog, and gave all credit to your genius-ness!
    Amber at:

  25. This is too cute! You’re so creative. I bed the kids had a lot of fun with dinner 🙂


  26. my son saw this on my facebook wall after someone share it…now i have to go do one for him!! 🙂 awesome idea!

  27. Fun! I bet this would work well filled with spaghetti too. It’s going on the menu plan…

  28. What a great idea! Very smart! I would love it if you would be willing to post it on my linky party!!

    Have a super great day!!

  29. I am so exited that I found this blog! I love the all of the new ideas! Thank you!

  30. that’s the cutest thing ever! i don’t have kids, but maybe by boyfriend will enjoy it? lol. thanks for sharing it!


  32. My kids would love to have these at dinner!!

  33. This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!! My mind is spinning trying to think of ways I could make it for my son that would accommodate his multiple food allergies and his toddler pickiness. Maybe a cucumber car body. Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. SO CUTE! I wish I would have had this idea a month ago when we did our transportation unit:

  35. How adorable! I love that you’ve thought of all the details, including the steering wheel.

  36. That is so darn cute!! You have the most creative food ideas. Love it! Thanks for linking up with Tasty Tuesday again!

  37. This is by far the cutest thing that I have ever seen. What a fun way to serve sloppy joes.

  38. This is so cute! Wish I would have seen it a few days ago, since we just had sloppy joes last night, but I’ll definitely be doing this in the future. Thanks for sharing!!

  39. Cute idea, I’m sure your kids loved it!

  40. That is the cutest! Great idea!

  41. Hi there!
    We reposted this cute dinner idea on our blog, and we have a “I’ve been featured” button on our blog now if you are interested in using it here!

  42. Oh good grief… I can HARDLY wait to be a grandmother and have kids in the house again.
    If I keep seeing cute things like this, I’ll end up volunteering with kids at church again. And I just graduated from that not long ago!

  43. What child (or over grown child) wouldn’t love this idea. I’ll file this away for friends with grands and future reference when I have some of my own. How cute.

  44. I will make these for my nephews next time they stay. Adorable idea! La

  45. Oh, my! My son would LOVE this! Thanks for the great idea.

  46. My two boys are WAY into cars…this is going to be one dinner I won’t have to coax them to eat. 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  47. I’m going to have to make this for hubby 🙂

  48. I absolutely adore this idea! Will definately be serving it to my kiddos soon.

  49. Adorei seu blog! Meu filho já pediu para fazer um carrinho desse pra ele…hehehehhehe
    Sou do Brasil e algumas receitas estão difíceis de traduzir, mais as que eu conseguir, com certeza farei! Você está de parabéns!!

  50. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you on Tasty Tuesday tomorrow. Stop by and grab a featured button. Hope you can link up again this week!

  51. My kiddos just caught a glimps of your photo of this over my should on Tasty Tuesday and insisted that we take a closer look. We love your ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

  52. how cute & yummy! LOVE this idea – almost too adorable to eat, almost! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing on the sunday showcase – I FB & Tweeted this as well. Hope to see you this weekend for an all new idea!


  53. featured this on this week’s Sunday Showcase! 🙂

  54. So fun! i love it, thanks for sharing.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this great idea! I came for the egg shaped brownies and left with the car idea! We had house olympics with the Cub Scouts and thought this would be a perfect bowl for dip! It was a hit the kids loved it!!!! Thanks again!

  56. What an awesome idea! It looks great! Coming over to visit from Kids in the Kitchen. Feel free to come over to my linkup “Try a New Recipe Tuesday” and link this up. I’d love to have you join us! 🙂

  57. this is adorable – a-door-a-ble!!!from KiK

  58. Cute, fun, and yummy! Thanks for sharing these at Shine on Fridays!

  59. I love this sloppy joe race car this is great for picky children so hopefully while playing with their food they might get more tempted and try to eat it