Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Skinny Sloppy Joes

Losing weight gets a whole heck of a lot easier when you don't feel like you're forbidden from eating some of the foods you enjoy.  Sometimes it can be tough to figure out how to still indulge in a version of something you crave (like if you're just dying to bite directly into a stick of butter because you're kind of a weirdo), but most of the time it doesn't take much to slim down your favorite recipes. 

The Weight Watchers website is an absolute treasure trove of such recipes and I want to start sharing some of my favorites with you because I know of at least two people who read this blog that are also on Weight Watchers and I don't currently cook for one of them.  So perhaps she will enjoy seeing some new recipe ideas, right Jessica?  :)

Anyway, here's the low-down on the super easy supper I made last week that went over really well, even with my picky four year old!  That's always a big bonus in my book!  I found the original recipe on the WW site, but I tweaked it slightly to suit my family's tastes and I ended up even lowering the point value!  Nice.


1 Tbsp canola oil
1 medium uncooked onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced  (We like garlic.)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast  (I used the 93/7 from Jennie-O)
1 cup barbecue sauce
4 Healthy Life wheat buns (Only 80 calories per sandwich bun!)


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Swirl in the oil, then add the onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, about 3-4 minutes.  Stir in the chili powder, oregano, and mustard; let cool 1 minute.

Add the turkey and cook, stirring to break up the meal, until no longer pink.  Stir in the barbecue sauce and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and serve on the rolls with a side of veggies.  Yields 1 roll with 3/4 cup meat.

Prep Time: 8 min
Cook Time: 11 min
Serves: 4
Points Plus Value: 8

Like I said, these were a hit and I will definitely be making them often.  Yum!

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