December 15, 2009

Cooking Light: Sloppy Joes

My favorite commercial on TV right now has to be the Manwich commercial below where this little girl puts corn in it's place!

About 7 years ago when I started working where I am now, I had to break the news to my co-worker that corn and potatoes weren't vegetables. Sadness, I know :( She was especially upset because she hates all things green and nutritious and thought she was eating vegetables by adding corn and potatoes to her food. We always laugh when this commercial comes on at lunch, since I look a little bit that the Manwich girl, she says that's me.

So in honor of my co-worker and the Manwich girl I decided to make the Hubs Sloppy Joes the other night. (He was beyond excited) Yes, I could have just purchased the Manwich Sloppy Joe 'stuff' but I wanted to try and make them 'lighter' and what fun would it be to blog about making Sloppy Joes by adding a can to ground meat? Not as fun :-P

Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Cooking Light's Sloppy Joe Recipe

3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1 tsp chopped garlic
3/4 pound ground beef (7% fa)
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
12 (1 1/2-ounce) rolls, split (I like to get these Orowheat Sandwich Thins)

1- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2 - Add first onion, zucchini, garlic and ground beef ingredients; cook until beef is browned. Stirring to crumble.

3 - Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients (tomato sauce through black pepper); reduce heat to medium-low.

4 - Cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5 - Spoon 1/4 cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun. Cover with top halves.


Katie said...

Yummmy! LOVE the sandwich thins...good idea!

Ok, so I cheat by using the Manwich can...but have you tried it using ground turkey breast instead of ground beef? I don't eat red meat, so I tried it out recently with that substitution and I loved it!

HisBirdie (Ali) said...

I usually go ground turkey, especially when it wont change the taste, but I did the meat for Hubs ;-) I'll do turkey next time :)

Aren't the sandwich thins the best!?!

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