April 25, 2014

Skinny Veggie Filled Sloppy Joe's


I've been sooo busy lately, it feels like yesterday was last week! School is jam packed this term, I'm trying to finish up my internship hours, and then you throw in family time for Easter and seeing friends... and I gotta get my workouts squeezed in! But I have still managed to fit in healthy, tasty meals.

I like to try to make things my boyfriend will like and not just politely endure. :-) So, I came up with an easy, very tasty Sloppy Joe recipe that is also packed full of veggies! So if you have any veggie-phobes in your family, this would be great for you.

It's versatile as well. I threw in red bell peppers and carrots because I had those on hand, but zucchini would be great too. I used ground turkey to keep it lean, yet protein packed. It also has no refined sugar (unless you use regular ketchup), but still has the sweet and tangy flavor of a traditional Sloppy Joe, so don't worry!

I loved this recipe so much I had it for dinner, then leftovers for lunch the next two days.

First, chop up 2-3 carrots, 1/2 a red bell pepper, 1/2 an onion, and a clove of garlic. You can finely mince everything if you are trying to disguise the veggies for those veggie-phobes. ;-) They won't even be able to tell in that case because the sauce conceals all.

Then you just brown the turkey meat with the onions, add your spices, sauce, and veggies, and voila! It's great warmed up too. I used Ezekiel bread instead of a bun as it's much better for you because it's made with sprouted grains, and also at 80 calories, 5 g of protein per slice, you can't go wrong.

See all those healthy veggies in there? I like mine chunky, but like I said, you can just mince yours finer to disguise them.



Skinny Veggie Filled Sloppy Joe's

1 package lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp spicy steak seasoning (any type of seasoning you like will work, mine was spicy and added a nice kick)
2-3 carrots, chopped or minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire (worst-a-chur? This pronunciation gets me every time.)
1 can tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe's organic; do NOT use spaghetti sauce, just plain ole pureed tomato sauce)
2 Tbsp unsweeted Ketchup (you can also use organic, which might be sweetened, but at least not with high fructose corn syrup)
3 tsp coconut sugar (you'll definitely need to add this to get the sweet taste, otherwise it's a little vinegary from the Worcestershire)

Chop or mince your veggies and set aside. Begin browning the turkey with the onions. Saute chopped carrots (unless minced) for 5-10 minutes in a bit of olive oil so they soften. Once meat is browned, add the veggies, spice, and sauce ingredients and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Taste test and add coconut sugar according to your sweetness preference. Let simmer for about 5 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on a healthy bread option, or without bread for a carb free dinner.

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