Tomato soup, pinto beans and diced veggies add a nutrition boost to a family favorite meal: Sloppy Joes.
by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
UPDATE 3/28/16 – If you like this recipe, you have to check out my Sloppy Joe Tacos!
How could I forget about Sloppy Joes?
Sloppy Joes were definitely a staple family meal when I was a kid and I always remember they were a given during our week at the lake with all of my cousins. Each family would take a turn to cook and Sloppy Joes were my favorite dinner night.
Fast forward decades later and I can’t remember the last time I ate them, let alone MADE them. Enter Secret Recipe Club for inspiration.Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes - nutritious comfort food that makes 2 meals! via @tspbasil Click To Tweet
This month, I was assigned Heather from It’s Yummy To My Tummy. She came up with her blog name from the phrase her daughter would say about her cooking. And as soon as Heather’s Tomato soup version of Sloppy Joes caught my eye, I knew I was going to make it.
Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Tomato Soup is my go-to, store-bought soup, especially during these colder months when I stock it in my pantry. I also swapped in extra lean ground turkey for the beef (just a taste preference) and freshly chopped onion, red pepper and celery instead of the frozen version (just because I had them on hand – otherwise, frozen veggies are a great staple for your freezer <— Dietitian’s Endorsement.)
And the dietitian in me threw in a can of pinto beans, too (another RD tip: rinse canned beans well to get rid of up to 40% of the sodium.) I got the inspiration from fellow dietitian, Ellie Krieger, and her Sloppy Joe recipe. I mashed up half of the beans and mixed them in at the end.
I served them on whole grain buns with Bibb lettuce and the next day, took Heather’s suggestion of serving them over corn tortilla chips — nacho style (her daughter’s favorite way to eat them.)
Next time I think I’m going to do a mash up of this verision and my Loaded Veggie Nachos for the ultimate Sloppy Joe recipe.
And for super duper Sloppy Joe fans, check out Cooking Light’s Sloppy Joe recipe roundup, which includes everything from chipotle flavored to vegetarian options.
So, are you a fan of Sloppy Joes? Do you ever make them?