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…another healthy cooking recipe from the Quick & Healthy Cookbooks

Complete this easy meal by adding fresh fruit or a tossed salad. Choose to cook in the microwave or on the stovetop. See the variation below for reducing calories and carbohydrate. This recipe works well in diabetic menus.

1 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey (7% fat)
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed tomato soup*
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
5 whole-grain hamburger buns (2 ounces each)

Microwave Oven: In a microwave-safe bowl, crumble meat and add onion and garlic. Cook on high for 4 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Add soup and mustard. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

StoveTop: Brown meat with onion and garlic in a skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Add soup and mustard. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Spoon meat mixture on 5 bun halves. Top with remaining buns.

For a crisp texture, place filled buns on a baking sheet and bake at 475 degrees for 5–10 minutes before serving.

Note: One serving is an excellent source of fiber.

VARIATION: Open-Faced Sloppy Joes — Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture on half a bun and serve open-face. One serving is 260 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate.

*Sodium is figured for reduced sodium.


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5 sandwiches
Each Serving

1 sandwich (1/2 cup filling)
Carb Servings
2 1/2

2 starch
2 vegetable
3 lean meat
Nutrient Analysis
calories 336
total fat 10g
saturated fat 3g
cholesterol 56mg
sodium 594mg
total carbohydrate 40g
dietary fiber 5g
sugars 11g
protein 24g

Source: Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas, 3rd Edition, © Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D, Published by Small Steps Press, publishing health conscious books for the general population, a division of the American Diabetes Association; retail $18.95; to order call 1-800-232-6733 Or ORDER NOW

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Recipe updated October 1, 2016

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