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Skinny Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Skinny Italian Beef Sandwiches
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 12 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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73% less fat • 66% more fiber • 72% less sat fat than the original recipe. Beef up your nutrition! Try these healthified, hearty sandwiches and put extra fat and calories out to pasture.

Ingredients

3-lb boneless beef bottom round or rump roast
1
medium onion, sliced
1
cup fat-free Italian dressing (not creamy)
1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar
12
whole wheat burger buns, toasted, if desired
3/4
cup shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (3 oz)
3/4
cup thinly sliced roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
3/4
cup fresh basil leaves

Directions

  • 1 Trim any visible fat from beef. Cut beef into 4 pieces; place in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Top with onion and dressing. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 10 to 12 hours (or on High heat setting 5 to 6 hours) until beef is tender.
  • 2 With slotted spoon, remove beef and onion from cooker; place on cutting board. Cool slightly. Shred beef, using 2 forks. Reserve 1 cup liquid in cooker. (If desired, reserve remaining liquid to serve with sandwiches for dipping. To serve, heat liquid in small saucepan over low heat until hot.)
  • 3 Return shredded beef and onion to liquid in cooker. Add vinegar; stir well. Cover; cook on High heat setting 10 to 15 minutes or until heated.
  • 4 To serve, spoon about 1/2 cup beef mixture in each bun; top with cheese, roasted peppers and basil.
Tips  

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Part of the fat reduction in this recipe is due to using a slightly leaner cut of beef. Beef bottom round or rump roast is leaner than the beef chuck arm roast used in the original recipe.

Reduced-fat mozzarella cheese can be used instead of the Italian cheese blend.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
60
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
90mg
30%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
3g
1%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
3g
)
Protein
36g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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