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Homemade Sloppy Joes

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If you are wondering what to do with the pound of ground beef sitting in your refrigerator, why not make Sloppy Joes? A sandwich is a sandwich but a Sloppy Joe is a total meal. Where are you going to go and buy one of these? If you want one, you probably have to make it at home. Chef Tse shares her secrets of making this cafeteria classic at home, in a healthy way. The kids are going to love this one! The secret to a great Sloppy Joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows it to be eaten two-fisted, sans fork! Replace ground beef with ground lamb, dark meat turkey, buffalo or even venison. Make a double batch and freeze remaining sauce for a quick meal later on.
  Ground beef 1 Pound (5% fat)
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Small, finely chopped
  Carrot 1 Small, finely chopped
  Celery 2 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Garlic clove 5 Large, minced
  Tomato paste 8 Tablespoon (about 1/2 cup)
  Tomato ketchup 2 Tablespoon
  Worcestershire sauce 2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
  Chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Hot pepper sauce 2 Dash
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch (or to taste)
  Cracked black pepper 1 Pinch (or to taste)
  Whole wheat buns/Muffins 4 Large, split (or sandwich bread)

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat.
2. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil and once hot, add half the ground beef in large pieces to pan.
3. Sear on both sides until brown. Remove beef and set aside.
4. Repeat with remaining beef.
5. Return skillet to medium heat, add remaining teaspoon of oil and once hot, add garlic, onion, carrot and celery with a pinch of salt, scarping any brown bits from bottom of pan. Sauté until vegetables begin to brown.
6. Mix in tomato paste and let cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
7. Add water, ketchup, Worcestershire, paprika, chili powder and hot sauce.
8. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
9. Add browned ground beef to sauce, break up into smaller chunks and cook just until heated through, about 2 minutes.
10. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.

11. Divide sauce among whole wheat buns, muffins or sandwich bread and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 679 Calories from Fat 344

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 39 g60.1%

Saturated Fat 11.6 g58.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 80 mg26.7%

Sodium 656.2 mg27.3%

Total Carbohydrates 51 g17%

Dietary Fiber 8 g31.8%

Sugars 15 g

Protein 36 g71.1%

Vitamin A 72.3% Vitamin C 22.1%

Calcium 18.3% Iron 15.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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