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Lighter Sloppy Joes

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

We replace half the meat with nutty-hearty canned chickpeas, saving money and saturated fat. While many sloppy joe recipes are very sweet, this version has just a touch of brown sugar and is capped off with crunchy bread-and-butter pickles. Serve with apples or grapes for an easy side. $5.72 for six servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 8 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) can unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 18 bread-and-butter pickle chips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 323
  • fat 8.8 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 3.8 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 16 g
  • carbohydrate 47 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 25 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 559 mg
  • calcium 104 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until almost tender.

  2. Add sirloin; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder, sugar, and salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  3. Add 1/4 cup water and tomato sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until thickened.

  4. Place chickpeas in a bowl; partially mash with a fork or potato masher. Stir chickpeas into sirloin mixture.

  5. Spoon about 1/2 cup sirloin mixture onto bottom half of each bun; top each with 3 pickle chips and top half of bun.