Pizza Sloppy Joes

I love pizza. Everything about it. Even though I am well aware that I’m not fueled the best by pizza, I make room for the deliciousness once a week. Saturdays particularly, after a long morning run. I love moderation. I kind of cheated this week, however. In the best way possible.

I was craving meat and I was craving pizza, and it’s only Wednesday. Solution? Pizza Sloppy Joes, with a healthy twist, of course!

Around 450 calories for this super sandwich. Makes 4 generous servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 14oz jar pizza sauce
  • 1 onion (I used small)
  • 1 green pepper (I used about half of a whole medium pepper)
  • turkey pepperoni (around 50 slices)
  • oregano
  • basil (I used dry for both spices)
  • hamburger buns (I use Healthy Life 80 Calorie Whole Grain)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese (I use Kraft Fat Free Mozzarella)

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Alright, first you’re gonna want to chop up the onion and green pepper, then throw it in a skillet. I like to cook them until the onions are almost brown.

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Add in the ground turkey and cook the entire thing until the meat is brown.

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While you’re waiting for the meat, chop up your pepperoni.

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Add your oregano and basil to the browned meat and stir. I like to add a few good shakes of each. You could also use italian seasoning.

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Now, add your pizza sauce and pepperoni and stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover your skillet, and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Put 1/4 of the mixture on a hamburger bun and top with cheese. I like to throw the finished product in the microwave until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

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“Lightened Up” Taco Pasta Casserole

I love Pinterest because it provides inspiration for so many meals. More specifically, Pinterest links me to people who come up with amazing dishes. I was more than inspired by Curry and Comfort’s Taco Pasta Bake. I took her original recipe and made some simple swaps to lower the calorie content. (Which comes to about 375 calories per serving.) Now I use a lot of reduced fat/no fat ingredients when I cook dinner, but not because I’m so concerned about fat content, but because it tends to have lower calories. Many people worry about macros before calories. I tend to put calories first BUT have protein and carbs as a close second. I run a lot. I need protein and carbs to keep me full and provide me with energy. This method works for ME. Modify the recipe however you wish to fit YOUR needs. =)

Casserole will make 8 servings.

Alright, enough small talk, let’s get cooking:

  • 12 oz of pasta (I use Creamette’s 150 calorie per serving pasta or whole wheat)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion (I normally use small to medium size)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (1/2 tsp is equal to 1 clove)
  • 1 packet of reduced sodium taco seasoning (or 2-3 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • lime juice to taste
  • 1 cup salsa (I like plain old mild, but pick your favorite!)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat sour cream (I use Kemp’s.)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • shredded cheese to your liking (I tend to use a cup. I like reduced fat Mexican cheese for this recipe, but I’ve also used fat free cheddar by Kraft)

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First thing’s first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get your pasta cooking.

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Next, chop up that onion and get it cooking in a nice, big skillet. I like to start on medium/high heat to get the onion cooked really well. Next, add your ground turkey and minced garlic. Cook until the turkey has browned.

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Next, add your taco seasoning and cumin. Mix.

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Time to add your salsa, water, and lime juice. I like to add a little bit of lime juice all through out my skillet. Stir!IMG_2513

By now, your pasta should be nice and tender. First add your cream, stir, then add your pasta and mix well.

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Spray your baking dish with cooking spray. You’ll need a big one! Add your Taco Pasta to the dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Throw your casserole in the oven uncovered for 15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

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I could probably eat the whole pan. I honestly always eat about a serving and a half. My family of 4 always has a nice bowl of leftovers, so I know lunch the next day will always be amazing. Enjoy!

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