Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Almost Meatless (Healthy) Sloppy Joes

Don't be turned off by the almost meatless (ALEX!) because this recipe is quick, easy, and really tasty! Adapted from Cooking Light, it's healthy and a good pick for a hectic week night. The great thing about this recipe is that you probably already have most of these ingredients...even we did (which never happens). Tastes a bit like chili/bbq...a good choice!

What ya need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces ground sirloin(we used ground beef)
1/2 cup grated carrot
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 (15.5-ounce) can low-sodium red beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
4 (2-ounce) whole-wheat sandwich rolls, split and toasted 
4 (1/4-inch-thick) red onion slices, separated into rings

What ya do:
 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, and beef to pan; Mmm...love that sizzle and smell of saute!
Cook 5 minutes or until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally to crumble beef. Yum. We had to drain it a little

Add carrot, chili powder, sugar, oregano, and red pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until thickened and carrot is tender, stirring occasionally.
Partially mash 1 cup beans with a fork or potato masher. Add mashed beans and remaining whole beans to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.
Spoon 1 cup bean mixture onto bottom half of each roll; top each serving with 1 red onion slice and top half of roll.

If you were to have a regular sloppy joe, forget healthy numbers, so here's the best part (in my opinion).

Nutritional information:
Fat:14.4g (sat 3.2g,mono 7.5g,poly 2.3g) --mostly good fat

1 comment:

Noelle said...

Awww I miss sloppy joes! They don't have 'em here. I mean I know I could introduce em but it's just not the same :[

Your recipes look pretty tasty though, I'm totally following you!

-Noelle xO