The Friday dance, a luau, and Tex-Mex Chipotle Sloppy Joes

Hello!  Happy Friday!

Short weeks are almost tougher than a full week.  I don’t know what it is but when you get rid of a work Monday, Tuesdays just gang up on you and slow the week down.  Add to that, I’m limited in my fitness and I’m watching another marathon training week slip by with no miles logged in my book. *sigh*  But, the good news is I got an appointment with the Physical Therapist!  I’ll have my eval done on Tuesday and then, I can finally start to move forward.  I’ve got a 17-miler on my schedule for Saturday but, clearly, that’s not going to happen.  I’m probably going to knock out another P90X upper body and core workout on Saturday so I don’t feel like a slug. 🙂  And then, back to Crossfit on Monday!  With the “no running” and the “if it hurts, don’t do it” caveats, of course.  I’m hoping that the therapist will allow me to ride a spin bike for cardio to help me maintain my fitness.  I’d really like to come out of the other side of this injury in fairly decent shape so I can still run Tupelo in September. *fingers crossed!*

So, we’re headed to a luau tomorrow evening!  I haven’t been to one of those since we lived in Hawaii back when Thing 2 was born!  Actually, she was still an infant when we went (we were stationed out there and my folks came out to visit and see the baby) and she absolutely loved the drums.  They kept a nice rhythm for rocking her to sleep. 🙂  The only bad thing about that day was we lost her binky.  Guess she spit it out somewhere and she never accepted another one – she wanted that one and that one only.  She’s a little hardheaded.  She must get it from her father. 😉  Anyway, this is not likely to be a full-on luau like that one but there will be a pig buried in the ground and all sorts of food and drink and we’ll be out on the beach.  It should be spectular and I’m really looking forward to it!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

I found this recipe for sloppy joes in an old Cooking Light magazine and I was intrigued.  I have a favorite recipe already for sloppy joes; unfortunately, neither Things 1 or 2 care for it.  Well, fine, they don’t have to eat it!  Anyway, I’m not a Manwich girl – really, when was the last time you bought a can of Manwich? – and I’m game to try new things so I thought I would give this one a try.  Of course, I bought the ground turkey and then ended up using it in Turkey and Brown Rice Chili instead.  Oh, have you made that yet?  So delicious!  You definitely need to make it.  Anyway, so, because I used up the turkey, I obviously didn’t make these when I had originally planned but I did happen to grab some ground bison the other day and figured that would be an acceptable substitution.  Bison is lower in calories than beef, chicken and pork and much lower in fat than beef.  Now, this recipe calls for ground turkey breast which is most definitely lean but some people think it’s too lean and lacks rich flavor.  With bison, you get that flavor without the added fat!   And, it’s actually really tasty – you’ll never know the difference if you substitute bison for beef.  Trust me. 

So, I decided to use the bison instead and that’s why the meat in the pictures looks beefy instead of turkey-y. 😉  And, I’ll tell you what, these were awesome!  The flavor was almost like taco meat and, honestly, would probably make a great substitution FOR taco meat one day.  I didn’t have a jalapeno so I left it out but I did have medium-hot salsa so I still got the heat in.  I served them on Ciabatta rolls that jumped into my cart at the grocery store.  Seriously, I’ve never seen that happen before! And, I think those were the best rolls possible.  They’re a little sturdier than regular kaiser rolls or burger buns so they held together really well.  You know WHY sloppy joes are called sloppy joes?  Well, these don’t make a mess with the Ciabatta rolls!  The sandwich actually stayed together.  No bibs required.  Om nom nom!

What’s your favorite messy food? 🙂

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Tex-Mex Chipotle Sloppy Joes
Makes 4 servings

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 1/2 cups bottled mild salsa
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
4 (2 1/2-ounce) Kaiser rolls, cut in half

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno; saute 2 minutes or until soft. Add sugar and next 5 ingredients (through turkey); cook 5 minutes or until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in salsa; cook 4 minutes or until slightly thick. Stir in cilantro. Spread about 3/4 cup turkey mixture on bottom half of each roll; cover with top half of each roll.

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Per serving (1 sandwich):
Calories 397; Fat 5.4g (saturated 0.9g, monounsaturated 1.9g, polyunsaturated 1.6g); Protein 35.4g; Carbs 44.8g; Fiber 2.5g; Sodium 870mg; Cholesterol 70mg

– jennifer

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