Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are always a good thing to have when you’re wanting comfort food.  Unfortunately, a glance at the nutrition information makes it not so comforting.  Luckily we can always count on Cooking Light to deliver a tasty recipe at a fraction of the calories. 

This was a really quick to cook recipe and though it’s a little odd with all of the chopped mushrooms, it is really REALLY good.  And you’d never know it was lower calorie.  They say that it yields 4 sandwiches at 439 calories each, but I guess we just don’t put enough meat on ours because it made like 6 or 7 sandwiches for us.  So I don’t know how many calories that would be.  Anyway.  It was good, try it!

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes
Recipe from:  Cooking Light, June 2011 issue

1 tbsp olive oil
12 oz lean ground beef
1 lb. mushrooms, washed, stems trimmed and quartered (I don’t like presliced – they get brown and dry)
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup no-salt tomato paste
1 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp hot sauce
4 hamburger buns, toasted


In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the ground meat and cook until browned.  While that’s cooking, add your mushrooms to a food processor and blend until finely chopped.  Make sure your ground beef is chopped up small (with your spoon) and add the mushrooms, onions and garlic.  Cook until tender, two or three minutes.  Add the tomato paste, oregano, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses and salt and cook five minutes until some of the liquid evaporates.  Add the pepper and hot sauce, taste for seasonings and serve. 

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes


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