Recipe Monday- Healthy SJ!

Lucky for you all, I have delightful friends who are willing to share their recipes with us! I am in somewhat of a cooking slump (think... exclusively frozen TJoes food) so they are bailing me out on Recipe Monday! Today, my cousin-ish Amy has agreed to do another guest post for me- she is filled with fun ideas! I do love the Deceptively Delicious book and I am pumped Amy reminded me to go blow the dust off of my copy and use it! So Happy Monday and Enjoy! 

This is one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite cook books called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. Yes, this is the wife of the infamous Jerry Seinfeld. I've made many recipes from this particular book that have been successfully kid tested. And I love that they are getting some vege's! I recommend steaming or baking the vegetables ahead of time, then pureeing them in a food processor or blender. You can throw them directly into the recipe and freeze some portions for later. I love pairing these Sloppy Joes with Alexia Julienne Sweet Potato Fries. http://www.alexiafoods.com/products/sweet-potatoes/sweet-potato-julienne-fries?gclid=CK26ocDBrq8CFYdeTAod92I-lA

Deceptively Delicious Sloppy Joes

From Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious. Serve these on a whole grain hamburger or hot dog bun.
Minutes to Prepare: 25
Minutes to Cook: 20
Number of Servings: 8
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground turkey or sirloin
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1/2 cup butternut squash or red pepper puree

Raw, finely chopped carrots (optional)
1/2 cup reduced-fat low-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 whole-grain hamburger or hot-dog buns
1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the onion, celery, and garlic, and cook until the onion starts to soften (not brown), 3 - 4 minutes.

2. Add the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until no longer pink, 4 - 5 minutes.

3. Add the vegetable purees, raw chopped carrots (if using), beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by about one-half, 15 - 20 minutes.

4. Spoon the mixture over buns and serve.

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