Sooooo…I have a disturbing memory.
Remember back in the day…(again, aging myself-why do I keep doing that?) when that show Roseanne was on? Okay, so it was a funny show, and then it became sort of a weird show. My first reason for thinking that happened when they replaced the real Becky with a new girl and we were just supposed to go on thinking it was Becky. Didn’t they bring the old Becky back then too? Then the middle daughter got married right? That just didn’t seem very funny for a comedy. Then all that drama happened with a certain actress and a certain baseball game and a certain patriotic song, blah, blah, blah, you are with me right? Do I have this all right or am I wrong?
The strangest part of that show to me, (minus the completely weird finale where everything was a dream right?) was when Roseanne and her sister opened up a restaurant. It wasn’t the fact that they opened up a restaurant, it was the fact that it was called a loose meat restaurant.
Why oh why does that still completely GROSS me out?? Why would they call it that? Did that really bring in customers? They had to know that the name would completely turn people off.
Probably not a good lead in for my sloppy joes post huh?
Well, my point is, I always used to think of that when I had sloppy joes and it kind of turned me off of them. Even though, the ones my mom made were really good, I just wasn’t in to it. It didn’t help when I went to a potluck party once and someone served sloppy joes, but there were…beans in them? Has anyone ever heard of this? Is it a bean dish? Is it a sloppy joe? Do you put it on a bun? Do you eat it plain?
Anyways, back to my point. (Is there one? Is there one..really?)
I really haven’t been into the whole sloppy joes thing for a looooong time! Until….
It brought me back to the world of sloppy joes! It is so good, I could have had two sandwiches, but who does that, right? Except for skinny husbands who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound even if they
workout every day religiously have dessert every night.
Oh! Sorry, off topic again!
Try these! And don’t read anything above this line. It might turn you off of this recipe and you totally have to try it! SO good!
Italian Sloppy Joes
Makes about 3 1/2 cups or 6 sandwiches
1 lb Italian turkey sausage or Italian pork sausage, removed from casing
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes from a can
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste
6 Italian sandwich rolls (or your favorite. I used 100 calorie wheat rolls)
6 slices part skim mozzarella
1 cup baby spinach
In a medium non-stick skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks into small bits until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Add the onions, garlic and peppers, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, rosemary and salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low while all the flavors come together.
To serve, place about 1/2 cup of meat on a roll and top with cheese and baby spinach.
*Using turkey sausage, low calorie, whole wheat rolls, and part skim or reduced fat cheese makes this a low fat, healthy meal.*