Speaking of recipes with silly names, this one might be right up there. Where the heck did the inspiration come from to call them Sexy Joes? I haven’t the faintest. If I had to surmise a guess, I’d say that since this recipe came from Biggest Loser Cookbook, they’re thinking that you’ll be bringing sexy back if you make and eat these. If that’s not the reason behind the name, I haven’t a clue.
But that being said, no matter what you call them, your plate will be clean once you’re done. Know how I know? Because when I made these, along with the incredibly delicious Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower from the same book, not one person who ate them mentioned eating ground turkey. For some reason, people don’t readily embrace ground turkey. Not sure why, exactly, but I’d hasten to guess it’s more of a mind over matter thing, and that most wouldn’t necessarily be able to pick out ground turkey from, say, ground chicken. Sure, it won’t pass for beef, but this one is packed with enough flavor that I bet it might even win over the palate of your most discerning eater. No one even complained about the whole wheat rolls, and The Husband hates whole wheat bread, so that should tell you something.
So … let’s recap. Healthy, healthy food from the folks behind The Biggest Loser. Tasty and full of flavor. Easy to make and quick to table. Need I say more? I didn’t think so.
P.S. And yes, as you can see in the picture, I added a slice of melted cheese. Shhh, don’t tell Bob.
Recipe courtesy of Biggest Loser Cookbook
A healthier version of Sloppy Joes
1 lb extra lean ground chicken, turkey or beef
1 tb white vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2/3 c. chopped yellow onion
1/3 c. chopped green bell pepper
3/4 c. tomato sauce
3/4 c. chili sauce
1/4 tsp. chili powder
4 whole grain hamburger buns
In skillet cook chicken. In small bowl, combine vinegar, Worcestershire, honey, and hot pepper sauce. Whisk to blend. Set aside. Drain any liquid from the meat. Add onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, chili sauce, chili powder, and the reserved vinegar mixture to the pan. Stir to blend. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce the heat so mixture simmers. Cook for 20 minutes, or until mixture is thickened. Spoon onto buns.