Garden Sloppy Joes

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12 servings,1/2 bun per serving

In this dish you can add your favorite veggies and your favorite meat.

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1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped or shredded

1 green pepper, chopped

1 pound lean ground meat (15% fat) (turkey, chicken or beef)

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 can (15 ounces) whole tomatoes, crushed

1 can(8 ounces) mushrooms or 1/2 pound chopped fresh mushrooms

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

6 whole wheat buns, split in half to make 12



1. Saute onions, carrots, green pepper and ground meat in a 2-3 quart saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

2. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms and barbecue sauce.

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.

4. Toast buns if desired. Spoon sauce over bun halves. Serve open-faced.

5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours


Add your favorite fresh, canned or frozen chopped vegetables. Try whole wheat English muffins instead of buns.

More About Bell Peppers

How to Select

Choose peppers that are brightly colored and firm with tight skin. Avoid dull or shriveled peppers.

How to Store

Refrigerate bell peppers and use within 5 days. Freeze: Remove seeds, cut, and freeze in plastic bags.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Cut in half. Remove tops and seeds. Peppers can be eaten raw, grilled, baked or sauted. Top them on pizzas, throw them on salads or stuff them and bake them for a delicious meal!