Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sexy Joes for Swimsuit Season

Who among us hasn't decided this time of year that we'd better get busy and lose a few pounds before swimsuit/shorts season is in full swing? Here is a great little sandwich that comes in at only 331 calories and is actually very good. I don't mean to sound surprised, but you all know what I mean.......sometimes the stripped down versions of things just don't taste that good. This is from the Biggest Loser Cookbook. I think it makes a great supper with lemon sliced cucumbers, veggie sticks, or a slice of nice juicy melon......and of course a big glass of iced tea! This "good for you" meal is guaranteed to be painless.

Sexy Joes
I pound of extra lean ground chicken....
(if you can't find it in the package most butchers at major grocery stores will grind chicken breasts for you)
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup tomato sauce
3/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
4 whole-grain or whole- wheat buns
Mist a medium non-stick skillet with olive-oil spray ( or another cooking spray) and set on medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, breaking into large chunks, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar, Worcestershire, honey, and hot-pepper sauce. Whisk to blend. Set aside.
Drain off any liquid that has accumulated in the pan. Add the onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, chili sauce, chili powder, and the reserved vinegar mixture to the pan. Stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat so mixture simmers. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the mixture is thickend
Spoon the mixture equally onto the opened buns. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
If you're like me and want to add a little mayo to spread on the buns be sure to add the extra calories........45 for 1/2 Tablespoon of mayonnaise.

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Annie Joy said...

This looks really good, Elaine. And if you're going to add a little mayo, I'd add some shredded cabbage, carrots, and a little more vinegar and make some coleslaw (which I always love with sloppy -- or sexy -- joes). Thanks! Annie Joy

Kel said...

Sounds Yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Pricilla said...

Oh boy did this strike a cord with me....woke up this morning thinking that very thing.....gotta lose a few before summer! LOL

This really looks like it would be good! Definitely going to try it out on the whole family!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Just in time- I'm watching my weight and this recipe looks very yummy!

Kathy said...

Don't you love the new thin buns several of the bakery companies have come out with. And how I'm even seeing thin bagels!

Aubree Cherie said...

Love the name! I'm still chuckling over how clever it is :) They look extremely tasty too!

~Aubree Cherie

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

It's lovely when something good for you and low calorie sounds this delicious! Thank you for sharing it!

Liz said...

Yummy! This looks wonderful. We love sloppy joes.... so we would probably like these too!


Jessica said...

Now I love sloppy joes and iced tea is the best!!

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Willa said...

I'm here from Trendy Tree House and now your new follower.Good luck to that bikini-ready body of your. :)

Ginny said...

Hi Elaine! I agree with you about some of those "stripped down" recipes; not so good. :0 This one though does look really good! Definitely got to try it. Doing Slim Fast for lunch now and doing lower calorie for dinner....good timing with this recipe. Thanks.


shopannies said...

perfect for swimsuit season

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Anonymous said...

Visiting and following from Friday Follow. Oh boy, not swimsuit season! The sexy joes look yum.

~ Lynn

Bird said...


You area sweetheart! Thank you for all the lovely comments! I heart them!! :)

I think every woman ALWAYs feels like she could loose a few pounds, huh? :) I'm so NOT different...

Thank you for the yummy recipe!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Mmmm, that sounds like a great recipe! Ugh, is swimsuit season really here? I'm not ready!!