This meal was inspired by Adam Sandler and Chris Farley on SNL, doing "Lunch Lady Land." You know, "sloppy joe, slop sloppy joes." Watch it for a laugh, or listen while you cook.
Anyway, sloppy joes can be made healthy by using lean turkey meat, fresh tomatoes (instead of ketchup with high-fructose corn syrup), organic bell pepper, and whole grain buns.
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 lb. Ground Turkey (99% lean is what I used)
- 2 tsp. Minced Onion
- 1 Organic Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
- 1 can (8 oz) Organic Tomato Sauce
- 1 can (14.5 oz) Organic Crushed Tomatoes (or use fresh)
- 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 Whole-Wheat Hamburger Rolls
- Over medium heat, heat oil in a large saucepan. Cook the turkey and onion until turkey is no longer pink.
- Add diced bell pepper and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to simmer. Drain meat and put back in pan.
- Add in next seven ingredients (garlic powder, salt/pepper, tomato sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and Worcestershire. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve on buns with Baked Sweet Potato Fries (see BBQ Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries Recipe) and Fresh Steamed Green Beans (Steam with 2 Tbsp. Water for 5 minutes on stovetop while meat is simmering. Or, my favorite, use the Pampered Chef microwave steamer. Top with a little melted organic butter) for your side dishes.
For Freezing: You can freeze the Sloppy Turkey Joe meat for up to 3 months. Just store in an airtight plastic bag (double bag) and be sure to label/date the bag. Let defrost in the refrigerator during the day. Then, put in skillet and cook on low for 10-15 minutes, until hot.