• 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef (I use Trader Joe's extra lean 96/4)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend (Emerils)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 mini multicolored peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can Glen Muir fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6 Trader Joe's Honey Wheat Hamburger Buns, toasted

Although I love a high quality steak every once in a while, when it comes to red meat, I usually opt for the fish or vegetarian option. This can be very challenging when I am trying to prepare one dinner for my carnivorous fiance and myself.  I often try to compromise by adding (aka hiding) lots of veggies and nutrition to a lean meat dish. Even when Romain leaves a trail of uneaten spinach at the bottom of his bowl, I still pat myself on the back knowing that some of Popeyes’s super food made it into his system.

I absolutely loved these Sloppy Joe’s because they packed so much flavor and meaty goodness without all the calories. By adding kidney beans to the meat, you are consuming a lot less fat without even knowing it. Not to mention all the nutritional benefits you get from the carrots, tomatoes and peppers. I’m not going to lie and say that Romain would choose this dish over a 10 oz sirloin, but he ate it without complaining and in my book that’s a success!


Adapted from Rachel Ray’s Super Sloppy Joes and Mark Bittman’s Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes, Cooking Light, May 2010

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add oil and meat. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar, paprika and steak seasoning and add to the skillet. When the meat has browned, add onion, peppers and garlic to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium add the red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce cooking for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and grated carrots. Stir to combine. Mash half of the beans with a fork and mix into the sauce. Stir in remaining kidney beans, cilantro, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Toast buns under a broiler and butter if desired. Serve the meat mixture on toasted buns with steamed broccoli or vegetable of choice.


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