Super Sunday Turkey Eggplant Sloppy Joes


Just when I thought we were out of the woods with the food holidays, here comes yet another opportunity for extra calories … Super Bowl Parties!

While you might just treat this day as a throw out day, particularly if the rest of your week has been clean with good choices and plenty exercise,  below is a recipe that both tastes great and is low in fat. But to clean it up even more, try the eggplant substitution option towards the bottom.

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Recognize too, that  all of the rules for Holiday Parties apply here as well.  In particular,  be sure to have a high quality protein snack before you go to the party! The last thing you want to do is show up hungry and dive right into those artery clogging bacon wrapped weenie things.

Even with all of that, your best bet might still be to get in a good workout before the calories!   Did you know that Fitness Together is now open on Sundays?

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups dices onions
1.5 pounds of ground turkey
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 cup dry red wine
1 can (14 oz) diced or crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
10 to 20 turns of black pepper

Preparation: Saute onions over medium heat until clear. Add Turkey and brown. Stir in red wine, increase heat, and cook until the wine is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add remaining ingredients and simmer slowly for several hours. This long simmer works best in a crock pot, which will also conveniently serve.

If you’d like to kick it up a notch, saute a (seeds removed for a half kick) jalapeno with the onions, or add a dash of cayenne to the seasoning mix. I also like to add a tablespoon of ancho chili powder (though any chili powder will work) and a dash of paprika INSTEAD of the tsp salt.

PERSONAL TRAINER TIP: Substitute an eggplant for half of the turkey. Slice it into 1″ pieces.  Saute with the onions until a bit brown (you may need to add a bit more olive oil, as the eggplant will soak it up quickly).  Then, remove the eggplant and onions mix before browning the turkey.  Add  the mix back in just prior to simmering.

If the consistency isn’t thick enough upon serving, add in a few tablespoons of tomato paste.

Serve on whole wheat buns. Top with a dollop of yogurt, or cottage cheese, if desired.

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