Monday, July 28, 2014

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are an American delight! I feel like a kid all over again eating these guys. This recipe is truly perfect for a backyard BBQ or summer picnic. Your guests will never know that you pureed vegetables in the sauce! Yes, that's right-vegetables! You still get the savory and sweet flavor as well as the traditional slop, but add to that a nutritious component that will leave your guests leaving full and healthy (with the exception of carbs from the bun and whatever you decide to serve on the side). I know it isn't the healthiest dish on the block, but it's definitely an upgrade from Manwich sold on the supermarket shelves and other recipes that call for sugar.

A great thing about this recipe being sloppy is that you can simply use paper plates to avoid cleaning up a sloppy mess!! 

Shout out for this recipe goes to Skinny Taste food blog as well as Rachel Ray! 

**Serving size: You could easily make around 8-10 big sandwiches with the amounts below.

2 pounds 93% lean ground beef sirloin
1 1/2 T steak seasoning or seasoned salt
2 carrots 
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 C red bell pepper
6 oz mushrooms, minced
1 T red wine vinegar
1 1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
3 C tomato sauce
3-4 T tomato paste 

1. Chop all vegetables except mushrooms up and mince by using food processor until you reach desired consistency (I did mine as a paste with some chunks still left). Mince mushroom very small separately with a knife. 
2. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add beef to the pan breaking it up as it cooks. Season with steak seasoning and cook until the meat browns. Add veggie mix and mushrooms, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet and cook 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste, and stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat for 5 minutes. 
3. Serve a heaping 1/2 C on toasted buns and enjoy!!  

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