Friday, July 1, 2011

Sloppy Janes

Let me introduce you to Sloppy Joe's thin, hot sister: Sloppy Jane! Full of flavor and low on calories these sloppy little sandwiches are packed full of nutrition.

Sloppy Janes

Recipe Adapted from Eat-Clean Diet Stripped book

  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp unsulfured molasses 
  • 1 6oz can of {all natural} tomato paste
  • 1 Tbps cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbps Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbps Olive Oil
  • 1 sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper(seeded and chopped) 
  • 2 carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 1/2 Tbps sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package of {extra lean} ground organic turkey breast (organic chicken or grass-fed beef would work)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 8oz can {no salt added} tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder
  • 1 c {low sodium} chicken broth
  • whole grain buns
  • green leaf lettuce
1)  In a small bowl, mix together mustard, molasses, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and chili powder, and set aside.
2) Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, green peppers, carrots, salt and pepper, and saute until soft and starting to brown, approx 10 min.  Add garlic, celery seed, and ground chipolte pepper. Cook another 3 minutes, stir occasionally.
3)Transfer vegetable mixture out of skillet and puree in food processor. Set aside.
4)Meanwhile in same pan used for vegetables, cook ground turkey until no longer pink and then add chicken stock, tomato sauce, spice mixture (from step one), and pureed vegetable mixture until combined. (tip: I often use the chicken stock while cooking the extra lean ground turkey since it has no fat content and dries out easily)
5)Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 
6)Serve on a whole grain bun with green leaf lettuce.

NOTE:  You could skip the pureeing of the vegetables and just leave them chopped. However, I find if there are no large chunks of vegetables in the food my kids are more apt to eat it. Plus, I like to be sneaky!
Also, if you are wanting this less spicy you can omit the chipolte powder all together or add more of it to make it super spicy.

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