I love this cookbook from Weight Watchers. I bought it at Half Price Books about a year ago, and all of the meals are easy and delicious.
I only paid $7.98 for it, and it has paid for itself. All of the recipes are healthy and my family loves eating them.
The Cheesy Sloppy Joe’s have been the favorite, so I thought that I would share it with my readers.
They literally take 5 min. to make, and I even had some leftover that I froze for another meal. This recipe can be found in the Weight Watchers’ cookbook. 130 recipes from scratch.
I try to cook double the meal so that I can freeze the leftovers for the next week. It really helps out in a pinch to just defrost, cook, and eat.
I know alot of people that set aside time to cook frozen meals, and I do that also, using my leftovers is another way. This realy helps with the grocery budget.
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen mixed veg.
1 can tomato paste
1 package sloppy joe seasoning mix
3 whole-wheat hamburger buns
6 slices fat-free cheddar cheese
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over med. high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned. 4-5 minutes, stirring with a spoon to break it up. Discard any drippings.
2. Stir in the mixed vegetables. 1 1/3 cups water, the tomato paste, and seasoning mix: bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring until thickened, about 10 min.
3. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Place the buns cut side up, on a broiler rack and broil 3 inches from the heat until toasted, 1-2 minutes. Top each bun half with 1 slice of the cheese and broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute longer. Spoon 1/2 cup of the beef mixture on top of each bun half and serve at once.
I personally made a few changes to accommodate my family. First, I always have ground beef frozen in the freezer. As soon as I get it from Sam’s club I bring home, cook it , then freeze. That takes 5 min. off of my cooking time.
The other changes include the tomato paste and seasoning. My kids do not like strong seasonings so I add garlic, salt, pepper and chili powder to my mix. It works well for us. Finally, I use my canned tomato juice to make my own tomato paste. It is really easy and I know that it is completely homemade.
Facts about this meal:
Prep: 5 min. Cook: 15 min Calories: 207
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