A healthy Sloppy Joe recipe

November 12, 2013 

MBR

Sloppy Joes make a meal that the whole family can enjoy, but are they healthy? They can be – it all depends on the ingredients.

JAIME OPPENHEIMER — MCT

Fall’s a great time to enjoy this classic sandwich. Heck, any season’s a great time to enjoy it! Here’s Food Network star Ellie Krieger’s take.

Sloppy Joes From Ellie Krieger 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, minced 1 red pepper, diced 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon molasses 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon mustard powder 3/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper 8 whole-wheat burger buns

BROWN meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour drippings out of the pan and discard. Add garlic, jalapeno and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, salt and pepper, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more.

PLACE a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

Yield: 8 servings

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