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Spicy Sloppy Joes*

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 3-8 hours
Makes 8 servings

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup (1 large) chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 6-oz can vegetable juice
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp Splenda
2 Tbsp chopped, canned jalapeno peppers (optional)
1 Tbsp prepared mustard
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow coooker, combine vegetable juice, catsup, water, Splenda, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture.

Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours or high heat setting for 3-4 hours. Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired sprinkle with cheese.

(For a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker: Double all ingredients; prepare as above. Makes 16 servings.)

Per serving: 310 cal, 13 g fat, 53 mg chol, 522 mg sodium, 27 g carb, 3 g fiber, 21 g pro

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