Sunday, December 5, 2010

Skinny Sloppy Joes

This is what happens when you ask a man what he wants for dinner - the suggestion of sloppy joes or chili. Since we had already posted our chili recipe, I thought I would try for this one instead. I searched some of my favorite sites and found this recipe courtesy of Gina's Skinny Recipe blog - I forgot the red bell pepper and omitted the mushrooms, but you can use if you want more nutritional sustenance. Prep and cook time took about 20 minutes and this meal contains about 150 calories.

Grocery List:
- 1 lb. of lean ground beef
- 1 tbsp of steak seasoning
- 5 baby carrots, minced
- 3/4 cup onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
(we also added 1 tsp. brown sugar, chili powder and cumin to taste to enhance the flavor)

Using a food processor, chop up the carrots, onion and garlic.

Heat a large skillet or pot over medium high heat. Add the meat to the pan and break it up with a spatula. Add the steak seasoning as the meat cooks. After about 5 minutes, add the minced carrot, onion and garlic.

Next, add the Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar then cook for an additional 5 minutes, followed by the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Stir well to combine. At this point Max and I agreed that it needed more flavor, so we added a few shakes of cumin and chili powder, which made it perfect.

Take your rolls and serve it up with a salad and baked chipotle sweet potato fries.

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