This familiar dish can be a smart choice with a few small changes that cut calories but not any of the flavor or satisfaction.
Servings: Serves 4
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet pepper , seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 ounces 95 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes , or canned no-salt-added tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned, no-salt-added kidney beans , drained and rinsed, or cooked, mashed with the back of a fork
  • 4 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger rolls (about 170 calories each)
  • Directions
    Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the onion and
    sweet pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring.

    Crumble in the ground beef and cook until browned; keep breaking it apart with a spoon for about 4 minutes.

    Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, cider vinegar, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 4 minutes.

    Divide the mixture evenly between the four rolls and serve.

    Recipes from The Best Life Diet Cookbook by Bob Greene, published by Simon & Schuster, © 2009. Used by permission.
    Nutritional Information
    Per serving, about: calories: 415; protein: 34 g; carbohydrate: 60 g; dietary fiber: 14 g; sugars: 5 g; total fat: 6 g; saturated fat: 2 g; cholesterol: 52 mg; calcium: 72 mg; sodium: 451 mg


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