Lately, I have two challenges facing each mealtime. One is that I’m trying to lose weight. The other is that I have the pickiest eater in the world – my daughter. In this recipe, I manage to kill two birds with one stone. Turkey Sloppy Joes. It uses ground turkey and as a secret ingredient, it also uses puree’d carrots. You’d never even know they were there but they give that extra kick of healthy in the meal. I had never made sloppy joes before from scratch, I always use the can! I must say, I was very happy with how these turned out. Definitely a two thumbs up recipe! The only thing that wasn’t good was the potatoes we served as a side. They were the frozen variety and very much lacking in deliciousness!
Turkey Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Erin’s Food Files
1 tbsp olive oil
4 carrots, processed fine in the food processor (about 2 cups)
1 onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 lb ground turkey
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
other seasonings to taste: salt, cajun seasoning, garlic and onion powders, and a few dashes of less sodium Montreal steak seasoning
buns and whatever toppings you like
Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion and garlic, season with salt and cook until vegetables are soft.
Add turkey, breaking up and cooking until no longer pink. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and other seasonings, cook 15 minutes. Serve hot on buns.