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Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes Recipe

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I’m always looking for ways to serve my family healthy and delicious food, so I started experimenting with my favorite veggies and ground beef. I came up with this favorite that my three kids actually request! This healthy take on sloppy joes reminds me of my own childhood. —Megan Niebuhr, Yakima Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium carrots, shredded (about 3-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 12 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 282 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 490 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 19 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Drain; transfer beef to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until heated through and vegetables are tender. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef mixture on buns. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p75

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 282 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 490 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 19 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"I didn't actually eat this because I'm vegetarian, but my husband & 2 year old son LOVED it! They've eaten it 3 nights in a row for dinner - unheard of! Bonus points for sneaking extra veggies into the boys & using over-abundant zucchini from the garden! One modification - I didn't have time for the slow-cooker so I did it on the stove top for about 90 min. instead, worked fine."

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