Friday, February 5, 2010

Super Sunday Calories

Just when I thought we were out of the woods with the food holidays, here comes yet another opportunity for extra calories ... Super Bowl Parties! Dang.

While you might just treat this day as a throwout day, particularly if the rest of your week has been clean, below is a recipe that both tastes great and is 'fairly' low in fat. But to clean it up even more, do note eggplant substitution option towards the bottom.

Further, with game being late in the day, MAKE SURE you get in a good workout Sunday afternoon! With the new snow this week, you'll have plenty of quality outdoor options to burn a few calories.

Lastly, be sure to have AT LEAST a small protein snack before you go to your party. The last thing you want to do is show up hungry and dive right into those artery clogging bacon wrapped weenie things.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups dices onions
1.5 pounds of ground turkey
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 cup dry red wine
1 can (14 oz) diced or crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
10 to 20 turns of black pepper

Preparation: Saute onions over medium heat until clear. Add Turkey and brown. Stir in red wine, increase heat, and cook until the wine is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add remaining ingredients and simmer slowly for several hours. This long simmer works best in a crock pot, which will also conveniently serve.

If you'd like to kick it up a notch, saute a (seeds removed) jalapeno with the onions, or ad a dash of cayenne to the seasoning mix. I also like to add a tablespoon of ancho chili powder (though any chili powder will work) and a dash of paprika INSTEAD of the tsp salt.

ALSO, to reduce calories a bit more, try substituting an eggplant for half of the turkey. Slice it into 1" pieces and add in just prior to simmering.

If the consistency isn't thick enough upon serving, add in a few tablespoons of tomato paste.

Serve on whole wheat buns. Top with a dollop of yogurt, or cottage cheese, if desired.

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