Friday, February 22, 2013
Zesty Sloppy Joes
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 6 ounce can vegetable juice
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons no-calorie, heat-stable granular sugar substitute
2 tablespoons chopped, canned jalapeno peppers (optional)
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (optional)
Sweet pepper strips (optional)
1. In a large skillet cook ground beef*, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. *TIP: You can substitute lean ground turkey (at least 93 percent lean, or 93/7) in place of ground beef.
2. Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine vegetable juice, catsup, water, sugar substitute, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture.
3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and serve with sweet pepper strips. Makes 8 servings.