In the Kitchen

Last winter, our team of missionary and sender wives had the idea to put together a cookbook. Missionary wives are always looking for “made from scratch” recipes to prepare on the field. In many countries, the products we often use to prepare American food (especially the pre made stuff) are almost non existent, and some have very few “western” type restaurants available to them. In our city, we just have a handful of places that serve basic “western” food. So, I know I am always looking for “mock” recipes of my favorite American dishes.

We’ve also had many senders write us asking for recipes from the field to prepare for international dinners at their church, for homeschool fun when studying different countries, or just to share something new with their families for dinner.

With these two things in mind, we thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite homemade recipes from all over the world and put together a fun cookbook for both missionary wives to use on the field and for senders to try at home.

We really found some awesome recipes from these ladies! While helping put the book together, I couldn’t wait to see the finished product so that I could purchase one and try them out! The internet of course has tons of various recipes but these are ones that my friends have tried and proved are delicious!

Soon after it was released however, I found myself plagued with morning sickness, and then on a plane back to the States to have a sweet little baby girl. I didn’t exactly feel like cooking much there for a while :).

But now that we’re all settled at home again with a precious new edition, I am anxious to get back to cooking in my kitchen again! We just installed a new Urban Kitchen modern kitchen faucet so it’ll make clean up much easier. So today, I decided to break out our cookbook and find something fun and easy to share with the family…and with you.


I wanted to choose an easy recipe for 2 reasons…

1) I have a newborn and need it to be SIMPLE.

2) I wanted you to know that not every recipe in the cookbook is difficult to make. Even though they are “from scratch,” some are super simple. They are often ones that might get searched for often especially by those living on the field.

I decided on a fun recipe that I knew my kids would love… Sloppy Joes!

Something I had totally forgotten even existed after living in China for so long haha!!

And to make it even simpler for me…I decided to cook it in the crockpot.

Here are the ingredients:

1-2 lbs. Ground Hamburger Meat (I used ground pork since beef is so expensive here)
1 cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon of Mustard
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
1 small onion
1 small Green Bell Pepper
1 pack of large dinner rolls or make your own homemade!


And to prepare the meat is super easy!

First, dump your meat into the crockpot. I dumped it in frozen…because..I didn’t remember to thaw it out last night. Must have been the baby brain! 🙂


Then, chop up your (entire) onion and bell pepper and throw it on top. (Bell pepper pictured above, onion below)


Follow up with all of your liquid ingredients. You will see a bottle of Sriracha Sauce in the picture of the liquid ingredients/sauces…I added 2 tablespoons of this to the recipe to give our sloppy joes some Asian flare!


Yeah…it doesn’t look so appetizing right now ha!


But that’s it for now! Set your crockpot to high and let it cook for 3-4 hours, stirring the mixture every hour or so.

When the mixture is done, slice your dinner rolls down the center, add butter to each side and then warm them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes.

Remove the rolls, and then spoon several heaping spoonfuls on to the bottom halves of the rolls. Top with the other half and then serve.


I added lettuce to mine for some extra “green” and a side of avocado.

And everyone ate it all up!!

So who’s having sloppy joes tonight?! Did this recipe make you hungry for them or what?!

Leave a comment below if so, AND if you haven’t picked up a copy of the cookbook yet…do it! You definitely won’t regret it!! It’s even available right here on our site!

Thanks to Mrs. Sandy Roberts for her recipe!

And thanks to you for reading,


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