Monday, June 8, 2015

Sloppy Joe's with Welch's Grape Juice {No added sugar}

I received free coupons for Welch's grape juice. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge and am eligible to win prizes. 
I was not additionally compensated for my time.

Did you eat Sloppy Joe's as a kid? I loved them, and I am sure that my mom liked making them too because they're super simple to make. Her version used sauce from a can combined with the usual beef, onions and peppers.

I'm mixing things up to take advantage of the nutrition boost from concord grapes - naturally sweet and full of powerful polyphenols that helps keep us healthy at every cell. These are called antioxidants and I like to think of them as my personal ninjas.

Sloppy Joe's with Welch's Grape Juice

Sauce
  • 2 cups Welch's concord grape juice (or 1/2 cup frozen 100% juice concentrate, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Sloppy Joe's
  • 1 pound ground turkey, beef or vegetable crumble substitute
  • 1/2 of one large onion, diced
  • 1/2 of one large green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  1 package whole grain hamburger buns
  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring grape juice to a simmer and continue to cook until reduced to 1/2 cup. If using concentrate, skip to step two.
  2. Add all sauce ingredients to sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent the sauce from burning.
  3. Preheat a large skillet to high heat and add olive oil, diced onions and diced peppers and cook for a few minutes or until browned on the edges. Add meat or meat substitute and continue to cook until meat is done. Pour sauce into skillet and toss to coat. Serve on whole grain buns.
Know your farmer, know your food: meet Tim Grow, one of the family farmers who raises concord grapes for Welch's!

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