I love sloppy joes. I pretty much like anything that I can just throw in a pan and call it dinner. No worry about flipping it correctly, or making it pretty with a garnish. Nope. Just chuck it in a pan, stir it up and it's done. That's what I love.
The fact that it tastes delicious certainly helps too!
I got this recipe from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Isn't that a cute name? She put coleslaw on her sloppy joes which looks awesome and I was going to do that but right as I was going to make the coleslaw, I realized my cabbage had been in the frig one day too long. So out went the coleslaw.
I put extra veggies in mine too. She put tomato sauce in hers. I put diced tomatoes and some tomato paste. It seemed to works well. The only thing that I was disappointed with was the color, they were light so they didn't LOOK as good as I was hoping.
But, this was not about appearances, was it? It was about a quick throw together meal. This came out delicious and we all loved it.
This was part of my ground turkey freezer cooking day. This makes 2 meals.
Hearty Sloppy Joes
Adapted from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
3 lbs. ground turkey
2 tsp. each salt and pepper
1 cup carrots, finely diced
1 cup celery, finely diced
1 cup zucchini, finely diced
1 cup red pepper, finely diced (about 1 medium)
2 cups onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 - 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
3 tbsp. tomato paste
2/3 cup ketchup
3 tbsp. dijon mustard
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar, not packed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
In a large pan, cook ground turkey. When ground turkey is about half way done, add the veggie and saute along with the ground turkey. Cook until ground turkey is done. Drain if necessary. Season with salt and pepper as they cook. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes. Serve with buns or 100 calorie Arnold Select sandwich thins.
Divide into 2 containers for 2 meals. Freeze one for another quick and easy meal. When ready to eat, thaw completely and either warm on stovetop, slow cooker or in microwave. 6 huge servings per container.
Total calories = 3062 calories for whole batch
12 servings = 255 calories without bun per serving**
**I didn't measure exactly how many sloppy joes we got out of each portion. I estimate about 6 servings but that is way more than just 6 sloppy joes. I know I had 2 of them with my portion. It depends on what kind of bun and how much you put on it.
More sloppy joes recipes you may enjoy!
Barbecue Turkey Joes
Sloppy Buffalo Joes
Pioneer Woman Sloppy Joes
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.