While other kids went outside to play when I was in grade school, I would always find myself in the kitchen with the lunch ladies, checking out what they were making for that day and stealing bites of whatever I could get my hands on. One of my favorite things the ladies prepared were sloppy joes. They were tangy, warm and fun to eat because they were so messy. I loved biting into them and watching the sauce dribble back onto the plate.
Recently, I was nostalgic for a good sloppy joe recipe and I couldn’t believe how many of the ones in cookbooks or available online contained tons of sugar and ketchup. This recipe is super yummy, but also healthy, which makes it a great meal for the whole family. I use ground turkey instead of beef because it’s lower in fat, comparable in price, and tastes just as delicious.
Kenya’s still too young to get the concept of holding a big sandwich like this, but he loves to eat the turkey mixture with a spoon out of a bowl.
Turk-Wee Sloppy Joes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 carrot, cut in 1/4 in coins
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 15 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
- 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 whole Wheat Sandwich Buns or Rolls (optional)
- Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
- Add the bell pepper, carrot and celery and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
- Add the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve as is or on buns.