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I have definitely been craving warm, comfort foods as the weather has grown colder and Sloppy Joes certainly fit the bill.

Sometimes I feel like as home cooks, we get stuck in a rut of chicken, beef and vegetarian dishes and I crave some variety. Lamb is pretty comparable to ground beef in fat and calories, but it’s a good alternative when you’re wanting to incorporate something new into your weeknight meals. It browns up just as quickly as ground beef!

Coriander and lamb is a classic pairing so I use it as the main seasoning. I was also feeling lazy and used the pre-diced mirepoix at Trader Joe’s. Mirepoix is simply diced celery, onions and carrots and is commonly used as a flavor base in French cooking. I used it here to bulk out the meat, add some texture, and also incorporate more veggies! Because I used lamb, the dish seemed slightly Mediterranean to me, so I whipped up a tzatziki to go along with it. I think this really brightens up the sandwich. There are some great premade tzatzikis at the grocery store so if you want to skip some steps, that is a good short cut!

Lamb Sloppy Joes
Serves: 6 sandwiches
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • ¼ English cucumber, shredded
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dried dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup diced white onion
  • ¼ cup diced carrots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 6 whole wheat burger buns
  • 2 cups arugula
  1. First, make the tzatziki sauce. Using a paper towel, wring the excess moisture out of the shredded cucumber. In a bowl, add yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic and dried dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add lamb, celery, onion, carrots, coriander and salt. Brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 or 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 5 minutes or until ready to prepare the sandwiches.
  4. Broil the buns on high until they're slightly toasted. On the top bun, spread a heaping tablespoon of the tzatziki sauce. On the bottom bun, place ½ cup of the lamb mixture. Top with arugula, close the sandwich and serve.


2 comments on “Lamb Sloppy Joes”

  1. Wow, this is what I was looking for. Something healthy yet following very closely the manner of street food. I can’t wait to prepare it already – thanks a lot for sharing it with us <3

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