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Sloppy Joes

45 minutes
4 servings
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This super-quick recipe is perfect for a filling, weeknight family dinner—no one will guess you're slimming with this delicious dish. If you prefer, increase the shredded lettuce and tomato slices and use that as a “bun” or a bed for your sloppy Joes. Dig into a bowl of crisp veggie sticks on the side. 

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1lb 95% lean ground beef
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 medium tomatoes (about 12oz), 1 chopped and 2 sliced (you’ll need 8 slices)
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 level tsp spicy or Dijon mustard
½ tsp garlic powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups shredded iceberg or other crisp lettuce
4 (2oz each) whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split in half
For the vegetable sticks:
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 medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up chunks, for about 5 minutes, or until the pink color is gone. Stir in the onion, bell pepper and chopped tomato; cook, stirring often, 4–5 minutes, until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, ¾ tsp salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add ¼ cup water and 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.
  3. 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. Serve hot with the vegetable sticks.

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