Eating healthy: sloppy joes

03/26/2012 at 11:12 am | Posted in mangia!, weight loss | 4 Comments
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healthy sloppy joe sandwich

These are so yummy, they hardly seem healthy. I made them with ground chicken, which saved even more calories. And I added extra chili powder, paprika and fresh ground pepper for a little more heat and flavor. We ate them with baked sweet potato fries and salad.

Lily wasn’t crazy about the idea of this meal, so for her, I spread the mixture over spaghetti and topped it with shredded cheddar. Cheese to the rescue once again.

Healthy Joes
(adapted from Fix It and Enjoy It)

3/4 lb. lean ground pork loin (ground turkey or chicken would work too)
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes, undrained
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprkia
1/2 tsp minced garlic
pepper to taste
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
4 whole wheat hamburger buns

1. In large skillet, cook ground meat, onion and bell pepper until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off drippings.
2. Stir in diced tomatoes, zucchini, chili powder, paprika, garlic and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat.
3. Add tomato paste to thicken. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
4. Spoon mixture into buns and take a big ol’ bite.

Per serving: 343 calories, 27g protein, 44g carbohydrates, 7g fat (or less, if you substitute chicken or turkey)



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  1. Y-U-M!

  2. Made it tonight for dinner! So good!!! Thanks so much for sharing the great recipe!!!!

  3. OH wow, this looks great! Since we don’t eat pork (Jew thang) I’m going to substitute lean ground turkey. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This picture just made my stomach rumble. I have been looking for something new to try this week and I think I found it đŸ™‚ Looks so yummy!

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