Healthier Sloppy Joes


Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite childhood meals.  They just happen to be easy to make healthier, without the kids knowing.

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef                                                     2 tbl. white vinegar

1 tea Worcestershire sauce                                                    1/4 cup water

1 cup onion (chopped)                                                             2 tbl. tomato paste

1 cup zucchini (chopped)                                                        1/2 cup ketchup

1 tea. olive oil

1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped)

1 tbl. minced garlic


  • Begin browning ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, set aside when done.


  • Chop zucchini, bell pepper, and onion.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, saute, in olive oil-zucchini, bell pepper, and onion until softened.


  • Add the garlic to the veggie mixture cook for an additional 2 minutes, careful not to burn the garlic.



  •   To the veggies, add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for about 3 minutes or until bubbling.


  • Using an Emerson blender, puree the veggie/sauce mix.  A food processor or blender would work too. Just be careful, when using those as the sauce can boil over while blending.


  • Pour over ground beef, and cook for a couple more minutes to bring the temperature of the meat back up.  Serve on toasted buns. Add a vegetable like green beans or a mixed vegetable for a healthy side. You can also use multi grain buns to make it even healthier.

IMG_20130911_183844_220-130 minutes cook-time/10 minutes prep-time                       Serves 4-6 easily

Bob Eklund has been cooking since he was a little boy. His Grandma Bernie taught him to cook. The kitchen brings many fond memories, and Bob believes it to be the heart of the home. Bob is husband to Trish, and Step-father to her two daughters. Follow Bob on Twitter: @reklund413.


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