Monday, March 19, 2012

Sloppy Joes Revisited

What? Sloppy Joes, healthy? You bet! With the right ingredients, you can make a delicious, easy, and healthy version of a childhood comfort food.  In my house, we serve these on either Ezekiel english muffins or on sandwich thins. You can also serve them on WHOLE wheat hamburger buns or, if you're eating pseudo-Paleo, like me, or have a gluten intolerance, this mixture is delicious on steamed spinach, especially with a little diced avocado!  One side note: I usually don't advocate using canned veggies, but I make an exception for tomatoes. I just can't seemed to get the same flavor from fresh ones. But buy organic if you can!

1 lb. grass-fed beef (since I don't eat beef, I substitute bison; you could also use 93/7 ground turkey)
1 onion, chopped
1 small red sweet pepper, chopped
1 carrot, shredded and/or corn kernels
   (*note: try chopping the onion, pepper, and carrot in a food processor; it makes the preparation
1 14-oz. can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 of a 6-oz. can tomato paste (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup water
2 T. ground flax seed (you can also use wheat germ or rolled oats)
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 t. hot chili powder (more or less depending on your love of heat!)
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. garlic salt

In a large skillet, cook meat, onion, sweet pepper, and carrot until meat is brown.  Drain off fat.  Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, water, flax seed, worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Dish it up according to your preference and enjoy!

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