Thursday, February 26, 2015

Healthy Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes have to be one of the top kid comfort foods of the '80s that never disappointed. We figured we would break away from the traditional giant canned variety for a more homemade take on the cafeteria classic. This version uses ground chicken (turkey would work well, too) and grated vegetables for a healthy spin with lots of flavor. Served up on a lightly toasted bun and dinner is done.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground chicken
2 stalks of celery, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated
1/2 onion, grated
1 cup plain tomato sauce
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
3 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole wheat buns, lightly toasted

Heat the olive oil in a large pan on medium heat then add in the celery, carrot, zucchini, and onion. Add in the chicken. As the chicken cooks, break it into small pieces with a large wooden spatula. Let everything cook for a few minutes until it softens and the chicken is cooked through. Add all of the other ingredients and stir well to combine. Simmer, loosely covered, for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens. Heap large spoonfuls onto the buns and serve.

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