Sloppy Clowns aka Sloppy Joes aka Yum Yums

I worked at a family fun night a few weeks ago, and was lucky enough to share a room with my buddy Jessye, who was in charge of fixing a free, healthy meal for the families that attended.  The event had a carnival theme, so she made a healthy version of what we refer to as “sloppy joes” at our house.  I think there are about 3,588 different names for these sandwiches…some people call them “loose meat” sandwiches, or even “yum yums.”  She called the sandwiches at our event “sloppy clowns” to fit with the carnival theme, which made me laugh every time I heard it throughout the evening.  It just kind of made me feel like we were serving people ground up clowns for supper.  Ewwwww.  BUT the sandwiches themselves were amazing.  And healthy…the recipe she developed has a whole serving of vegetables in it. (But don’t tell my hubby that.)

Her method of grinding up the vegetables to “hide” them and make the meal a little healthier would work for tons of recipes, like meatloaf or soups or hamburgers or spaghetti sauce…the list goes on and on.

So I thought I’d pass the recipe along.  Jessye served the sloppy clowns on Earth Grain Thin Buns (which are also super de-lish toasted with peanut butter on top) and estimated that the sandwich probably had somewhere around 300ish calories.  (She didn’t figure it out scientifically…I hounded her until she threw out that estimate.  But it should be close.)   Any-hoo, here’s the recipe.  You should try it!  Yumminess.  (This recipe makes 8 servings.)

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 onion*

2 carrots*

1/2 cup cauliflower florets*

1/2 cup broccoli florets*

1/2 cup catsup

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon Worchester sauce

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 can tomato soup

*Note: Any fresh, frozen or canned vegetable can be used instead of onion, carrot, cauliflower and broccoli.

Chop vegetables until very fine in food processor or blender.  If using blender, cover vegetable with water, chop, and drain.

Combine hamburger and chopped vegetables.  Cook until hamburger is browned.  Drain.

Add remaining ingredients.

Simmer 10 minutes.

Serve on whole grain buns.

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