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Smokey Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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Smokey Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Smokey Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Assemble this all in your slow cooker, and let your it transform the ingredients into a more-ish dish with deep, satisfying smokey flavours. This is a very healthy, non-fattening take on Sloppy Joes, so you can have a big feed, guilt free.

Further down, we present some grown up options that include serving it on top a grilled portobello mushroom cap, with melted Swiss.

Only 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per 1/3 cup (80 ml) serving -- that means, go crazy, eat your fill!

Number of servings: Makes 8 cups / 2 litres

Estimated Prep Time: 45 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 8 hours

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

Sloppy Joes on grilled portobello mushroom cap with melted Swiss on top

Sloppy Joes on grilled portobello mushroom cap
with melted Swiss on top
© Denzil Green

Prep all ingredients, put in slow cooker, and stir. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or high 3 to 4 hours. During final half hour of cooking, check to see if there's enough liquid still; if not, add a bit more stock or water.

Adjust flavour and serve hot. (Optional: a few splashes of your favourite hot sauce to kick up the heat.) If it tastes flat to you, try a few more splashes of cider vinegar. Acid wakes up the taste of lentils.

Our serving suggestions include serving on a bun with lettuce, thinly sliced tomato, grated cheese, etc.

Or for a more adult take, take some portobello mushroom caps, spray with cooking spray, bake or grill for about 15 to 20 minutes, and serve the sloppy joes on them. Optional: some grated Swiss cheese on top of that and pop under broiler for 2 minutes or so (or in micro for 1 minute) until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Recipe notes

You can add a pound of 95% lean ground beef to the recipe; see nutrition notes below.

Don't use red lentils, they'll turn to mush. You want the kind labelled green or brown lentils.

Don't skip the smoked paprika; that's the taste that knocks this out of the park. If you just don't have any, try a few drops of liquid smoke instead. But if you've been waiting for an excuse to buy some smoked paprika, this is it.

Maggi adds a meaty taste.

Nutrition Notes

Sloppy Joes on grilled portobello mushroom cap

Sloppy Joes on grilled portobello mushroom cap
© Denzil Green

1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per 1/3 cup (80 ml) serving.

There are 21 points in the 8 cups / 2 litres that this recipe makes. That equals 3 points a cup; 1 point per 1/3 cup (80 ml). (It's hard to get more than that on a bun and get it to stay.)

When 1/3 cup (80 ml) is served on a grilled portobello mushroom with no cheese, that's 1 point in total per serving. A variation we did was with melted cheese on top of that, using low-fat cheese that raised the points to just 2 points a serving for the mushroom, sloppy cheese and cheese topping.

When 1/3 cup (80 ml) is served on a Weight Watcher 3 point hamburger thin bun, that's 4 points per serving.

Optional: add a pound (450 g) of 95% lean ground beef to the recipe for additional meaty texture. Brown it first with some cooking spray in the frying pan before adding to crock pot. It raises the points per 1/3 cup (80 ml) from 1 to 2. OR use the lean ground and omit the lentils, to return the points back down to 1 point per 1/3 cup (80 ml).

We used a salt substitute.

Weight Watchers® Info
Per 1/3 cup (80 ml)
Amount
PointsPlus™
1

* PointsPlus™ calculated by CooksInfo.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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