March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
You'd never know after eating this mouth-watering, kid-friendly sandwich that Sloppy Joes originated during financially tough war times in the 1940s as a way of stretching precious and expensive beef.
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon white vinegar
¾ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
6 whole-grain or mixed-grain sandwich buns
1 sweet onion, thinly or thickly sliced (optional)
- Spray a medium skillet with the cooking spray.
- Combine the ground beef, diced peppers and onion in the skillet. Cook on medium heat until the beef is thoroughly cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Mix the vinegar, ketchup and mustard together, and add to the beef mixture; simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
- Scoop one portion onto each sandwich bun. Top with a slice of sweet onion (optional).
Beef is a good source of iron, and the vitamin C in peppers (and tomato products) enhances absorption of iron.
Sloppy Joes were once called "loose meat" sandwiches; the word "sloppy" was coined rather appropriately because the filling is messy and tends to drip off the bun. The term "Sloppy Joe" was also used to describe any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quick!
Serving size: ¾ cup meat + 1 sandwich bun
Calories: 270; Total fat: 6g; Saturated fat: 2g; Cholesterol 47mg; Sodium: 650mg; Total carbohydrate: 33g: Dietary fiber: 2g; Protein: 21g