Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sloppy Joes

SLOPPY JOES (can easily be doubled) This serves makes about 4-6

1 Tbsp EVOO
1 lb. ground turkey or lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped ( we grated and used red)
2 gloves garlic, minced or 1 tsp from jar
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
3/4 tsp paprika (used sweet, but smoked is fine)
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp each of mustard powder, mustard, brown grainy mustard
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash, table blend or Trader Joes salt-free blend
1/2 tsp dried Oregano, crush in fingers to release flavors
1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp packed, brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 c. chicken stock
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 c. tomato sauce
4-6 hamburger buns, regular or whole wheat - toasted.
Topping ideas: crushed tortilla chips, fresh cilantro or parsley, shredded light mozzarella pepper jack or cheddar cheese, or raw chopped onions.

Heat EVOO add meat to brown. Drain fat if necessary. Add garlic, onion, and season with Mrs. Dash. Cook until onion softens a few minutes, Then add chili powder, paprika, allspice, cloves, and oregano. Stir to release flavors of spices then add tomato paste, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce, stirring for a minute or two.

Add the stock with cornstarch and the tomato sauce and bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for several minutes to thicken. To bump up protein and fiber can add beans at this point if wish - suggest red kidney beans. Rinse well and drain before adding (eliminates extra salt). Heat through. Serve on rolls with toppings of your choice. ~Enjoy :)

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