Prep time: 30-45 minutes

Merlin's Favorite Sloppy Joe

American, Main Dish
Sloppy joes are traditionally kind of cheap tasting and overly salty and overly sweet, and messier than necessary. These sloppy joes have a bit of a tex mex flavor to them from the chili powder, and everyone in the house has to remind themselves that they're full, lest they go back for more. They're savory enough to make the adults happy while still being a fun food with a good texture for children.
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Prep time: 60 minutes

Merlin's Jambalaya

American, Chicken, Main Dish, Shellfish
Combine everything except the shrimp and rice in a pot. Simmer for at least an hour, or two. Half an hour before serving, add the shrimp. Cook the rice separately, just before serving, add the rice.
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