Sloppy Joes

The James family cannot get enough of their favorite Sloppy Joes- with over 1000 calories for each plate!  Our two chefs will battle it out to see who can rehab that recipe and make it more nutritious, but just as delicious.  Find out if chef Richard or chef Vikki will win over the James family with their own creation for a healthier version of Sloppy Joes.



Serves 5

Cook Time 45 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes


Sloppy Joe
1¼ lbs. ground light meat chicken

1 medium red pepper, diced fine

1 medium orange pepper, diced fine

1 medium yellow pepper, diced fine

1 large white onion, quartered

2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks

2 medium carrots, cut into large chunks

2 garlic cloves

6 tablespoons fresh chopped pineapple

1 14.5 oz. can low sodium diced fire roasted tomatoes

2 tablespoons pickled relish (Heinz)

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

4 tablespoons low sodium Worcestershire sauce

3 teaspoons paprika

2 tablespoons honey

10 slices whole wheat baguette, sliced on the bias about ½ inch thick

1 tablespoon olive oil



For the Sloppy Joe:
In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, cook the ground chicken until browned and no longer pink, about 8 minutes.

Into a large bowl add the bell peppers, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, pineapple, canned tomatoes, relish, tomato paste, low-sodium Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and honey.  In two batches, add these ingredients to a food processor and puree.

To the pan of browned chicken, add the puree and cook the mixture in the pan for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Next, place the mixture with the chicken back into the food processor and pulse until minced. This extra step will help distribute the flavor throughout the meat, and it will give the dish the texture of a traditional Sloppy Joe.

Add the minced mixture back into the skillet and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring often.  Once the liquid has slightly reduced, and the Sloppy Joe mixture is thickening, cover the skillet with a lid and cook for an additional 12 minutes.


For the bread:

While the Sloppy Joe mixture is cooking, lightly coat a sauté pan with the olive oil and toast the slices of whole-wheat baguette in batches until crisp.


To assemble:

Serve the Sloppy Joe mixture open face on two slices of toasted whole wheat baguette.


Nutritional information: (per serving)

Per Serving (1/5)
Calories:          368

Total Fat:         12.8 g

Saturated Fat:     3 g

Cholesterol:       97.6 mg

Protein:           25.2 g

Carbohydrate:      41.8 g

Dietary Fiber:     6.5 g

Total Sugars:      23.6 g

Calcium:           88 mg

Magnesium:         70 mg

Potassium:         1546 mg

Sodium:            386.4 mg

Vitamin D:         0 mcg