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Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes

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Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes

By Rori Coyne, age 12, Kansas

“We were making dinner one night, and Mom had a lot of cabbage, which I wasn’t sure I liked. She also had lean ground beef, which I love,” says Rori, who also is a big fan of sloppy joes. “Mom showed me how to make cabbage, beef, and a bunch of other vegetables taste better than a package [of sloppy joes]. She says this is an affordable meal for us, since we can make a pound of beef last several meals. I like mine with fresh fruit.”

  • 1   pound
    lean ground beef
  • 1   medium
    onion, diced
  • 1   medium
    zucchini, shredded or diced
  • 2   ribs
    celery, diced
  • 1/2   cup
    chopped red pepper
  • 1 1/2   cups
    finely shredded cabbage
  • 1   cup
    tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1   tablespoon
    brown sugar
  • 2   tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 1   tablespoon
    white vinegar
  • 1   tablespoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1   tablespoon
  • 1/2   teaspoon
  • 1/4   teaspoon
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 8  
    sandwich rolls, split (optional)
  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef until cooked through, about five minutes. Drain the fat from the skillet, and reserve the meat on a plate.
  2. In the same pan over moderate heat, cook the onion, zucchini, celery, red pepper, and cabbage until all the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Add the cooked beef to the pan and stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce into the pan with the beef and vegetables and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  4. While the sloppy joes are simmering, toast the buns in the oven or toaster oven.
  5. Evenly divide the mixture among the toasted bun bottoms, top with the other halves, and serve.

Nutritional Information Provided by Edamam

Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories160
  • Fat8.9 g
    • Saturated fat3.4 g
  • Cholesterol38.6 mg
  • Sodium403.7 mg
  • Carbohydrates8.4 g
  • Sugars5.6 g
  • Protein12.1 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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