Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sloppy Joes Revisited . . .

As everyone knows, Sloppy Joe's are one of the greatest kid friendly dishes of all-time, incorporating ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, and served on a hamburger bun. I got this recipe from my daughter, Kate, who found it in Country Home magazine. It's a healthy version of the old stand-by. I really like the addition of the carrots and corn. It's a nice way to get a few more veggies into your family's diet.

1# ground 90% lean hormone-free organic beef
1 onion, chopped
1 small red sweet pepper, chopped
1 carrot, shredded and/or corn kernels
1-14 oz. can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
or Mexican stewed tomatoes, cut up
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. rolled oats (or wheat germ)
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 tsp. hot chili powder
1-1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
1. Brown meat, onion, red pepper, and carrot. Drain.
2. Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, water, rolled oats, Worcestershire, chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes, until desired consistency is reached.
3. Serve in buns with pickles.

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