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If you prefer, increase the shredded lettuce and tomato slices and use that as a "bun" or a bed for your sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joes

45 minutes
4 servings
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This super-quick recipe is perfect for a filling, weeknight family dinner. For more zip, top servings with sliced pickled peppers, packed in vinegar with no sugar. Dig into a bowl of crisp veggie sticks on the side.
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1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 medium tomatoes, 1 chopped and 2 sliced into 8 slices
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 level tsp. spicy or Dijon mustard
½ tsp. garlic powder
4 cups shredded iceberg or other crisp lettuce
4 (2-oz. each) whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split in half
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
½ cucumber, cut into sticks
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin wedges


  1. Crumble the beef into a large, deep, heavy skillet (not nonstick) over a medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up chunks, for about 5 minutes, or until the pink color is gone.
  2. Stir in the onion, bell pepper and chopped tomato. Cook, stirring often, for 4–5 minutes, until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ¼ cup water, then stir to blend well. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes to blend the flavors.
  4. Arrange the shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes on the bottom of the whole-wheat rolls and top evenly with the Sloppy Joe mixture. Place the tops on the rolls and serve immediately with the vegetable sticks.


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