Friday, July 7, 2017
Reduced Fat Crockpot Sloppy Joes
I also had a busy work week and didn't want to fuss in the kitchen OR heat up the stove when it was 90 degrees out.
Crockpot Sloppy Joes!
But I wanted to make a lower fat version that, other than sweetener, had simple ingredients.
I know you can buy a can of the sloppy joe sauce at the store. But have you ever looked at the ingredient list of the most popular brand?
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Less than 2% of: Salt Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Red and Green Bell Peppers, Chile Pepper, Tomato Fiber, Spices, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Carob Bean Gum, Natural Flavors.
I think I will pass. This went together as the ground beef cooked and smelled wonderful cooking in the crockpot. You can also make this with cooked lentils, TVP, or Gardein "beef" crumbles for a veggie version.
In a cast iron pan cook ground sirloin or ground turkey breast with 1/2 chopped onion (or a small handful of chopped celery) until cooked. Do not add seasoning as you are going to rinse when done to get rid of as much fat as possible. When meat is cooked, spoon into a colander and rinse thorough under cool water.
While meat is cooking or after mix in a crockpot:
1 and 1/2 cups ketchup (or use tomato sauce if you are cutting back on sugar)
dash of salt and pepper
3 shakes crushed red pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic (optional)
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Molasses
2 and 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs, with the "mother")
3/4 cup water (note: this makes a fairly "sausy" sauce, if you like it nice and thick reduce to 1/2 cup)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste.
Add in protein/onion mix and a large handful of chopped red, yellow, and green peppers
Cook on low until heated through and the veggies have softened, at least 4 hours. Serve on toasted buns with salad.