Sloppy Joes

Does anyone else hear the Adam Sandler song Lunch Lady when they think about having sloppy joes?

I found this recipe on SparkRecipes and they’re called Diet Coke Sloppy Joes. My mom used to make sloppy joes all the time and I remember always thinking they tasted too “tomatoey” – so when I saw this recipe and it only had a little bit of ketchup and then other stuff, I figured it was worth a shot.

I have the SparkRecipes app on my phone so that when I’m bored I can browse through recipes that are supposed to be healthy. Always be prepared for dinner is my motto. This recipe said that one serving was only 162.5 calories and 4.5g of fat. Of course, it didn’t give me a serving size, so I had to estimate. And of course, I always estimate on the larger side…

Everything turned out super tasty. The recipe says you can add onion and peppers if you want – to jazz it up – so of course I did that. I put onions and peppers in everything it seems. I also used apple cider vinegar instead of white. And only half the amount called for. White vinegar does not appeal to me and I don’t think I can put it in my food. Oh, and I added a bunch of montreal steak seasoning as well.

The directions say to simmer on low for about 30 minutes for the sauce to thicken. Yeah, that didn’t happen. You have to give it way more time than a half an hour. I know they’re supposed to be messy, but I don’t want to eat soup on a sandwich. So I think I had it simmering (on a temp more then low) for at least an hour or an hour and 20 minutes. The sauce thickened enough to where it was still considered sloppy, but not soup.

Then I served it all up on a whole wheat sandwich thin… hubby had to eat some the next night because he wasn’t home. But reheated, it was just as good. Verdict? Make again.

The results of Diet Coke Sloppy Joes


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