Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Veggie Packed Sloppy Joes

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New Recipe of the Week, Week of 2/17
From: Hungry Girl
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So we got home from a cruise late Monday night, and were leaving Friday after work to head to Austin for the weekend.  I didn't want anything complicated but I definitely wanted something homemade to cut back on the eating out (if you've ever been on a cruise, you'll know what all you can eat all the time will do to ya!)  This Hungry-Girl Trio seemed like the perfect fit.  We bulked it up a bit to make it a full meal, using buns and sweet potato chips, but overall we still kept it super simple and healthy!

what to use
hungry girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
Browning the turkey!
These three ingredients are all you need for the main part of the dish.  It took us a while to find a "sloppy joe" sauce we were okay with, as the popular Manwich brand is loaded with a lot of things we can't pronounce but the Red Fork brand has no preservatives and very few ingredients.  Right up our alley!  Our ground turkey comes in big packs, and since we knew it was a short week, rather than make the half and deal with the rest, we just doubled the whole recipe to make it for the week!  Once the turkey was cooked we put in the broccoli slaw and I put a lid over it to help steam it up bit.   This is where I wish I would have added in another step, lightly chopping the broccoli slaw.  It's so long compared to the meat crumbles, it made it a little difficult to eat, but can be easily rectified.

So many veggies!

Once softened, we layered in the sauce and mixed it up to get it all heated and flavorful throughout.  Since we doubled it, we had to be a little careful not to spill it out over the pan, so sorry it's a little messy.  I'm not the most graceful, but it's still an easy recipe, promise :)

healthy girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
Adding the sauce!
healthy girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
All mixed up and ready to go!
So it was that simple.  We toasted some whole wheat buns to plop the mix on and served it up with Sweet Potato Popchips.

healthy girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
the veggie-packed sandwich!

healthy girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
so many popchips!

healthy girly life: veggie packed sloppy joes
find these!

This was a satisfying comfort food meal packed with a secret serving of veggies and lean protein, but you could hardly tell!  You can see how the long broccoli strands kind of hung out of the bun though, again definitely just a quick chop before throwing them in next time.  My boyfriend raved about them and said they are definitely on the list to make again!  He didn't miss the beef or the preservative packed sauce at all!  So if you need an easy weeknight dinner or want to keep a male happy while keeping your healthy habits up, this is the recipe for you!  As for the side, you could make it even lighter by just steaming up some veggies, but these are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.  They are just so light and crispy and a serving is such a great size for a "chip" type snack.  So if you like this kind of thing, seek these out!

Veggie Packed Sloppy Joes
Adapted From: Hungry Girl
Serves 6-8
  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • 2 bags broccoli slaw
  • 2 packages Red Fork sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 pack (8 ct) whole wheat buns

  1. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.   
  2. Brown ground turkey in skillet, gently breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks.
  3. Gently chop broccoli slaw while turkey browns, then add to same pan.
  4. Cover for several minutes to soften the veggies, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in sauce until all is well combined.
  6. Serve on toasted bun.
Nutrition Facts: 1 sandwich; 281 calories, 3g fat, 44g cholesterol, 856 g sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 12g sugar, 26g protein

Additionally, this recipe (according to MyFitnessPal) has 99% your daily needs of iron.  This is great for me, as I'm borderline anemic and I know a lot of my friends suffer from this as well, so it's great for that punch of iron rather than a supplement!

Do you have any other tricks to lighten up a sloppy joe?  Let me hear them in the comments!

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