Sloppy Joes

When I was a child, I used to wonder who Joe was, and if he was really so messy that people called him Sloppy Joe! (Maybe I also wondered because my name, JoAnna, is easily shortened to Jo, too!) But whoever invented this irresistibly saucy and spicy blend of ground meat and tomato sauce is definitely "neat" in my opinion. I think you'll find that this recipe is just as easy as opening a can of commercial sloppy joe sauce--and tastes deliciously homemade!
Serves 6
*freezes well

16 ounces ground 90% lean turkey or beef
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
3/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup Heinz Light Harvest Ketchup or any reduced-sodium ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Splenda
6 reduced-calorie hamburger buns

In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown meat, onion, and green pepper. Stir in ketchup and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and Splenda. Mix well to combine. Lower heat and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. For each sandwich, spoon about 1/2 cup filling between two halves of a hamburger bun.

Each serving equals:
HE: 2 Protein, 1 Bread, 1/2 Vegetable, 1/4 Slider, 1 Optional Calorie
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227 Calories, 7gm Fat, 16gm Protein, 25gm Carbohydrate,
298mg Sodium, 28mg Calcium, 2gm Fiber
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DIABETIC: 2 Meat, 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable

"Cooking Healthy Across America, pg. 339"

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