Recipe: (Healthy) Cheesy Sloppy Joe Celery Boats

I’m on the Medifast® program.  It’s no big secret.  I started six days ago, and I already feel better – less “bulky”.

I have found some foods that I like and some foods that I like only after they have been “doctored” up a bit.  One of the foods that didn’t really excite me much either way was the Sloppy Joe meal.  I ordered two boxes with my first shipment, and I was wondering what I was going to do with all of those packets… until today.

I’d noticed that a lot of the Medifast and Take Shape For Life (TSFL) recipes that I had seen online called for various different types of The Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges.  I love Laughing Cow cheese and was excited to see that the light varieties are allowed on my program.

While out shopping yesterday, I picked up a package of Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle cheese wedges.  This morning, I brainstormed about how to use a wedge in my lunch.

Sloppy Joe Mix

Preparation of the regular Medifast Sloppy Joe meal

Enter: “Sloppy Joe” meal!

Medifast compliant Cheesy Sloppy Joe Celery Boats – Created by Me :)

Ingredients:

1 Medifast® Sloppy Joe packet + 1/4 c. water

1 Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle spreadable cheese wedge

3 celery stalks

1 drop of Wright’s Liquid Smoke

Sprinkle of your choice of scallions, tomato bits and/or jalapeno pieces

164 calories (not including the sprinkling of veggies) – Counts as: 1 Medifast Meal, 1 Condiment and 1 Optional Snack

Preparation:

First, I soaked the mix in water for about an hour before I cooked it.  This isn’t really part of the recipe, but it helps with the texture of the meal.

Sloppy Joe with cheese wedge and veggies

Sloppy Joe with cheese wedge and veggies

Secondly, I cooked my Sloppy Joe mix as directed on the packet.

Next, I added in a few little tidbits from my pre-sorted “greens” that will primarily be used for my Lean & Green meal this evening.  One of my half cup containers holds chopped scallions and one holds a combination of jalapenos and tomatoes (about a quarter cup each).  I added a few little pieces of each  to my Sloppy Joe meal.  I also added one wedge of the Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle cheese wedges. Then, I added a drop of Wright’s Liquid Smoke and mixed it all together.

Next, I washed three stalks of celery and cut each into thirds (for a total of nine “boats”).  Into these celery pieces, I scooped the Sloppy Joe mixture.  Once the celery pieces were filled and placed on a plate, it was time to eat!

Medifast compliant Cheesy Sloppy Joe Celery Boats

Medifast compliant Cheesy Sloppy Joe Celery Boats

THEY WERE YUMMY!

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