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6 Sandwiches
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
20 minutes


1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped or shredded
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 pound lean ground meat (15% fat turkey, chicken or beef)
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (15 ounces) whole tomatoes, crushed
1 can (8 ounces) mushrooms or ½ pound chopped fresh mushrooms
¼ cup barbecue sauce
6 whole wheat buns, split in half to make 12


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Sauté onions, carrots, green bell pepper and ground meat in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms and barbecue sauce.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  5. Toast buns if desired. Spoon sauce over bun halves. Serve open-faced.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Add your favorite fresh, canned or frozen chopped vegetables.
  • Try whole wheat English muffins instead of buns.