by Missy Chase Lapine
When time's running down and the kids are hungry, no one can save the day quite like good old Sloppy Joe. But with a veggie boost undetectable to the palate of youngsters, this tried and true favorite just got a whole lot better. This sneaky recipe provides a healthy dose of vitamins A, B12, C and K, as well as iron, folate, zinc, tryptophan, lycopene, manganese, protein, and fiber. Plus, it'll have the whole family begging for more.
Makes 6 -8 sandwiches
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, pureed
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) tomato soup, condensed
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 to 1/2 cup White Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe below)
4 to 6 hamburger buns (preferably whole wheat)
Heat oil over medium heat in a deep skillet or earthenware pot. Cook the onions until they are slightly translucent, and then add the beef, stirring to break it up, cooking about 5 minutes until beef is no longer red. Add the salt, tomato soup, ketchup, and White Puree. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the ingredients are well combined. Ladle generously over warm hamburger buns.
Make-Ahead White Puree:
2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
2 small to medium zucchini, peeled and rough chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons water, if necessary
Steam cauliflower in a vegetable steamer over 2 inches of water, using a tightly-covered pot, for about 10 to 12 minutes until very tender. Alternatively, place cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl , cover with water, and microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes until very tender.