The most frequently made New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. To help get started on weight loss goals for the New Year, I decided to share one of my favorite diet recipes. We love to eat Maid-Rite sandwiches and while the original has too much fat and too many calories, this version is just right.
This recipe is based on one from a cookbook by one of my diet inspirations, JoAnna Lund. JoAnna wrote many cookbooks (and she lost 130 pounds along the way). Some of JoAnna Lund’s cookbooks include:
- Pizza Anytime
- A Potful of Recipes
- Cooking Healthy with a Pressure Cooker: A Healthy Exchanges Cookbook
- The Diabetic’s Healthy Exchanges Cookbook
- The Cancer Recovery Healthy Exchanges Cookbook
Loose meat sandwiches are a beloved tradition in my home region, the Midwest. They’re kind of a “country cousin” to the standard Sloppy Joe sandwich filling, and I hope this taste of the Heartland will win your heart.
It is a wonderful way to make an old favorite in a healthier but just as tasty a way.
- 16 ounces extra lean ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 (12-ounce) can Diet Rite Cola (Sweetened with SPLENDA Brand Sweetener)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium ketchup
- 6 small hamburger buns (wheat for best results I think, but either way you get a pretty healhty sandwich
- In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, lightly brown meat, stirring often to loosen meat.
- Add onion, Diet Rite Cola, water, and ketchup.
- Mix well to combine.
- Lower heat and simmer on a low boil for 30 to 40 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally.
- For each sandwich, spoon about 1/3 cup meat mixture between halves of a bun.
Each serving equals:
7 gm Fat
16 gm Protein
19 gm Carbohydrate
244 mg Sodium
66 mg Calcium
1 gm Fiber
DIABETIC EXCHANGES: 1 Starch, 2 Meat