Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sloppy Tom's

A Sloppy Tom is Sloppy Joe's cousin. They were kid tested last night, and received my grandkid's approved star rating! These have hidden veggies, so don't tell what's in them!


1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock

4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Makes 4 sloppy toms.


Brown turkey in fry pan. Drain off excess fat. While turkey is browning, place onion, red pepper, celery, and tomato in a loosely covered, glass ovenproof container and sweat the vegetables for 2 minutes in the microwave. Check to see if the vegetables are soft. Continue microwaving in 1 minute increments until the veggies are soft, and the onion is translucent. Add the vegetables to the browned turkey. Stir in the tomato paste, barbeque sauce and chicken stock and cook until sauce has thickened. If the sauce is too thick, add more chicken stock.

Brown or toast hamburger buns, then spoon sloppy joes onto buns.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Browning the meat and discarding the fat makes these turkey joes lower in saturated fat than even turkey burgers. The vegetables meld with the tomato sauce and all but disappear. If your kids (or even adults) don't like veggies, make sure to cut them up into a very small dice. The sweetness of the barbeque sauce does an amazing job of hiding the veggie taste! However, too much bbq sauce not only overpowers the sandwich, it would also add more sugar than needed. Chicken stock steps in to save the day, and makes these saucy and healthy! Your kids will appreciate these, and get their veggies, too!

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