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Old School Recipe: Sloppy Joe’s…Healthier Version

Despite this dreary, gross, and depressing weather, the week went by fairly quickly! Always a good thing. It was a busy week filled with clients, recovering from the 1/2 marathon, and trying out some new recipes. This week also involved watching some great season finales on TV: Modern Family and the Good Wife! Both were AMAZING!

This week I wanted to try out a old school favorite of mine: Sloppy Joe’s! It’s great comfort food and found a delicious recipe from Ellie Krieger on Food Network. I made this the day before, so that all the flavors could soak overnight. In my opinion with certain dishes like this, the next day they always taste better. 🙂 I prepared this before work and it took me a total of 30 minutes to prep and cook. Easy as pie, simple ingredients, and loads of flavor!


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

I served this over 2 slices of toasted Portuguese bread from The Nantucket Bake Shop on Nantucket; steamed broccoli; and a salad. I almost forgot to take a picture of this. I was so hungry when I got home and was inhaling it. 🙂 Always a good sign of a good meal, plus there is enough for one more meal this weekend or next week. Perfect!

What is your favorite “Old School” recipe to cook? Have you changed it to make a healthier version or do you keep it as is?

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