A recent conversation with VeggieGirl had me on a quest: to make Snobby Joes from Veganomicon. Unfortunately, based on the food in our fridge that still needed to be used up this week – because in honor of being lazy, it’s important not to make any extra trips 😉 – tonight, I had to settle on a meat-eater’s version with a twist: ground turkey instead of beef, which was a welcome change since I’m not a huge fan of the latter. This recipe makes quite a bit more food than I usually do when cooking for myself – but that’s what leftovers are for, I suppose!
I should point out that the title of these Joes is not-so-sloppy because for some reason, my ground turkey refused to break up into pieces. I guess I didn’t try hard enough to crumble it. So it ended up being closer to hummus in its consistency, which is definitely unique and not necessarily what I was originally trying to create. I’m pretty sure that if I did make this again, I would try harder to ensure that it looked more like the typical Sloppy Joes – but hey, that’s what experimentation is for, right?!
Not-so-sloppy Joes + Broccoli and Cheese Couscous
Not-so-sloppy Joes (serves 4):
- 1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
- 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 8-oz. can tomato paste
- 1 clove garlic
- Chipotle spice, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
Broccoli and Cheese Couscous (serves 3):
- 1 box Near East Broccoli & Cheese Couscous
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup skim milk
Begin with the Not-so-sloppy Joes by combining all ingredients into a medium-sized soup pot. Place pot on a burner and begin cooking on medium-high heat.
Continue stirring the mixture as the turkey begins to cook. Then begin working on the couscous by combining water, milk and seasoning packet (from box) in a medium frying pan. Place on medium heat and bring liquid to a boil.
Once the liquid is boiling, stir in the couscous and pull the pan off the heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, or until couscous becomes thicker and more solid.
Turn back to the Not-so-sloppy Joes and continue stirring for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until turkey is completely cooked.
Serve both the Joes and the couscous plain, or consider using a piece of bread to make a not-so-sloppy sandwich. My family picked up a fresh loaf of bread from a local store earlier today, so we decided to use it as a “plate” for the not-so-sloppiness.
Smother the not-so-sloppy mixture on a slice of bread, and ENJOY!
Despite the unusual consistency, my family enjoyed both the Joes and the couscous. And the best part about both of these is that they took no longer than 15 minutes to make AND only left behind two dirty pans! No chopping required – although next time I’d add more veggies. But I didn’t to get too ambitious since it was my first try 😉 And of course, I’m LAZY.
Nutrition Information (per serving):
- 190 calories
- 1g fat
- 16g carbohydrates
- 4g fiber
- 29g protein
Broccoli and Cheddar Couscous:
- 220 calories
- 5g fat
- 40g carbohydrates
- 3g fiber
- 8g protein
And last but not least, I gave this guy a try this morning:
I was very excited to open the package and find the smell of apple cinnamon wafting through the air. It seriously smelled like the real deal – I was impressed enough to write it down to make sure I mentioned the smell on the blog! That’s when you know it’s serious, right?
The taste was very similar to the blueberry flavor in that it’s sweet, fruity and a definite step in the opposite direction from the usual brownie or chocolate chip. I recommend it to anyone who has tried those other Clif ZBaRs but finds them too chocolate-y and is looking to try a bar with more of that fruity flavor.
And if all else fails and you still aren’t impressed, you could always add it to yogurt…
Because yogurt + ZBaRs is a staple in my diet this week…and probably will be for many more weeks to come! I urge anyone who likes both to combine them now!!