Healthier Sloppy Joes

Sunday, August 4, 2013

This had a really nice flavor, and no one complained about the mushrooms, green peppers and onions. They didn't even seem to notice! Everyone around here loves sloppy joes, so I thought it would be nice to have a recipe that includes some healthy veggies. 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • ½ green pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)
  • 5 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce, such as Heinz--or barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted if desired
1. Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat until it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the vegetables are soft and the moisture has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes and flour; stir to combine. Stir in water, vinegar, chili sauce and ketchup and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm on buns.

Banana Bread Pancakes

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tada! Another pancake recipe! This one is quick, easy, and delicious. The pancakes turn out thin, so if you are looking for bananas AND fluff, you may want to check out the thicker Chunky Monkey pancakes. But these have a nice, sweet flavor that doesn't even need enhanced with syrup. Perfect to grab and eat on the way out the door!

Banana Bread Pancakes
OP MotoStar
makes 9-10 pancakes

2 ripe bananas
1 egg
1 tbs of granulated sugar
1/2 tbs of honey
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
3/4 cup of AP flour
3/4 cup of skim milk
2 tbs of unsalted butter

Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat and grease with cooking spray or butter.

Peel bananas and mash them into a medium/large mixing bowl. Add egg, sugar, honey and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Melt butter.

Add your dry ingredients and melted butter into your banana mixture. Stir gently until combined and sticky. Slowly pour in the milk while stirring. Stir only until combined, you don't want to over mix the batter.

Drop batter into skillet. I use a ladle which is probably equal to about 1/4 cup.

Watch for the bubbles on the outer edge of the pancakes. When these begin to appear, gently check the bottom of the pancake for golden brown deliciousness. When you see the golden brown deliciousness, flip the pancakes. Cook for another couple of minutes and then plate.

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