Sloppy Janes

by Heather on April 8, 2010

The other day at Costco, I noticed that Hungry Girl has a new cookbook out. Although I haven’t purchased it yet, just seeing the book inspired me to browse through the Hungry Girl cookbook that I do own, which is her self-titled one (I’m guessing the first one she released?). Then, yesterday I happened to turn on Rachael Ray, and there she was giving us all good tips on how to lower our calorie & fat intake without sacrificing our cravings. Her website is fun, quite enticing and has a lot of useful recipes and info- check it out!

We had some ground turkey breast in the freezer that I’ve been waiting to use, so I went and picked up some tomato paste at the market and threw this together. Sometimes, ground turkey breast is hard to use because there is such little fat and it can taste dry very easily. Thankfully, with this recipe, the flavors and texture of the sauce help negate that concern. For the bun, I toasted an Oroweat whole wheat sandwich thin, which is one of my latest loves. I also added some baby spinach toward the end to give it extra nutrients.  We didn’t have steak seasoning, so I just threw in some random spices (listed below) that sounded like a good combo. I got some advice with this by searching “steak seasoning recipe” on Google. All in all, this meal was unbelievably healthy, and the leftovers were just as delish!

Sloppy Janes, adapted from Hungry Girl: Recips and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World

1.25 pounds ground turkey breast

1 cup canned tomato sauce

3/4 cup canned no-salt-added tomato sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, oregano, salt and black pepper

1 cup chopped organic baby spinach

5 hamburger buns or sandwich thins

Spray a large pan with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat. Add turkey to the pan and spread the meat around to break it up a bit.

In a small dish, combine sugar and all spices. Sprinkle this mixture over the meat and continue to stir meat in the pan. Once the meat has browned, reduce heat to medium. Add Worcestershire sauce and vinegar to the pan. Stir and then continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Add tomato sauces and tomato paste to the pan. Also add chopped baby spinach, if using. Stir well. Reduce heat to low and cook the mixture for an additional 5 minutes.

Toast the  buns, is desired. Put one-fifth of the mixture on each bottom bun and then finish off with tops of the buns.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy April 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

Haha, I JUST made sloppy joes for dinner last night. Love how quick and easy they are!

Cari July 9, 2010 at 4:08 am

Hi! Would love to feature these on my site as they look fast, delicious, healthy and family friendly! Full credits and links back to your site. Please let me know ASAP!

Heather July 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Sure, that would be great- thanks for checking out my site!!

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