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Turkey Sloppy Joes

A heaping spoonful of childhood nostalgia with a little less fat and sugar.


A Sloppy Joe is a bit like a sweet chili sandwich...a messy one!

Sloppy Joes are an American classic favored among kids for generations. Ground beef with a sweet and tangy tomato sauce served on a seeded hamburger bun was just about the best dinner I could think of as a little kid. It isn’t necessarily the healthiest of meals, but I’ve set out to change that by crafting a turkey-based recipe that is not only lighter and leaner, but packed with more vegetables, making it a dish that parents can love, too. Fair warning: ketchup is an ingredient in the recipe. After all, I only wanted to update and refresh this classic, not change its core flavors and textures! Serve this on your favorite bun; just be sure to use a fork and knife because this saucy sandwich lives up to its messy promise!


Equipment: cutting board; chef’s knife; dry and wet measuring cups; measuring spoons; large sauté pan (nonstick is optional); wooden spoon


Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced

2 pounds ground turkey 1, 15-ounce can diced tomatoes ½ cup ketchup 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6-8 hamburger buns or potato rolls


ILOC tip: the better the ingredients, the better the dish. Use dark meat ground turkey for more flavor and organic ketchup for a less processed bottled product.

1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and cook the onions and peppers for 5-6 minutes.


2. Add the turkey and cook until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.


3. Add the chopped canned tomatoes, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened.


4. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately on hamburger buns or potato rolls, toasted if desired.


Makes 6-8 sandwiches.



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