Sloppy Janes

June 24, 2010 at 8:33 am Leave a comment


Served over a whole grain bun or toast, this is a great family meal and would also be terrific at a BBQ.

When was the last time you had a Sloppy Joe?

Tomato-ey, beefy, messy – every kid’s favourite.  I have been trying ot find a good recipe for Sloppy Joe’s for a while.  One that doesn’t call for tons of ketchup.  I found one in one of Martha Stewart’s Food Mini Magazine, that was done by Emeril.  I really like the recipe, but of course had to take it one step further to make it a bit healthier.  That’s why I call them Sloppy Jane’s, because I think that when Jane makes them, they are healthier!

Sloppy Janes are good for kids one-year and older because tomatoes are highly allergenic and should not be introduced before 1-year of age.

Sloppy Janes

  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 C spinach, chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 teaspoons each: oregano, basil, garlic powder
  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, lamb)
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large can chopped tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 Cup chicken or beef broth
  • whole grain buns, toasted

In a frying pan heat the olive oil and add onion, saute for 3 minutes until soft.  Add the ground meat and saute until cooked through.

In a crockpot: Put all of the ingredients in the crockpot and cook at low for 6 hours or high for 2 hours.

In a saucepan: Put all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve over toasted whole grain buns, with a salad on the side.

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