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.
Enter: “Sloppy Joe” meal!
Medifast compliant Cheesy Sloppy Joe Celery Boats – Created by Me
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
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.
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!
THEY WERE YUMMY!