Give Joe the heave-ho and try this healthier sandwich option! You'll still need a few napkins when you eat these slim and sloppy Jane sandwiches, but it will be worth it. Using veggie crumbles and pita pockets as slimmed-down sandwich bread gives these sammies a heather spin to indulge in.
One option to slim down a recipe that calls for ground beef — like a traditional sloppy Joe — is to use a textured vegetable protein, or TVP. You may have seen TVP (sometimes called veggie crumbles) in the grocery store and wondered about it. As a meat substitute, TVP is soy protein that looks similar to ground beef and has a similar texture. It's high in protein and fiber, too. What is missing from TVP is fat and cholesterol! Compared with the equivalent amount of ground beef, TVP has about half the calorie content. If you're looking to reduce your meat consumption, follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or just cut back a little here and there, veggie crumbles are a great substitute for ground beef.
Another way to trim your sandwich is to cut out some of the bread. For this recipe we used pita pockets, which are much thinner and smaller than the standard burger or sandwich bun. The pita bread used for this recipe racked up only 90 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. Serve these sandwiches with a side of fruit and veggies and a few pretzel sticks instead of chips, and you'll be on your way to a slimmer supper!
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