Extra Veggie Sloppy Joes [Recipe]


Laura's Lean Beef

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Fall means comfort food, but comfort food doesn't need to mean you consume all the calories possible. Made with Laura's 92% Lean Ground Beef and a delicious assortment of veggies, this recipe for Sloppy Joes proves it. Chow down with zero regrets.


Laura's Lean BeefIngredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds Laura's 92% Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ onion (small, diced)
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms (chopped finely)
  • 1 zucchini (small, diced)
  • 1 yellow, red or orange bell pepper (small, diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1.5 cups ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • ¾ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons pickle juice
  • 4 dill pickle spears (cut in half crosswise)



  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil followed by the ground beef, then season with salt and pepper. Cook the ground beef until browned, breaking it up as you go. Add the onions, mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic. Continue cooking until all of the liquid evaporates, about 6 minutes, then cook for 2 minutes more to caramelize the meat a little.
  2. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne (if using), and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sloppy joes become saucy and delicious.
  3. While the sloppy joe mixture is simmering, combine the pickle juice and shredded cabbage in a medium bowl.
  4. Evenly distribute the sloppy joe mixture among the buns and top with an even amount of pickled cabbage. Place the top bun on, serve with a half pickle, and enjoy!


Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories 368

Calories from fat 78g

Total fat 9g

Saturated fat 3g

Cholesterol 101mg

Sodium 1105mg

Total carbohydrates 36g

Dietary fiber 7g

Sugars 17g

Protein 41g