Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe an Easy Weekend Meal

Servings: 4-5 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Turkey Sloppy Joes: a Friday night supper that's easy to throw together. This contemporary version is healthier and more flavourful than your typical Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes are the ultimate weekend comfort food. They’re hearty and filling, easy to throw together, and can feed a crowd.

Sloppy Joes were Friday night food when I was growing up. Easy to make, popular with kids and filling, they were a great back-pocket recipe when supper prep was a little rushed. I was probably in junior high the last time I ate Sloppy Joes, which was around the time I decided that I really wasn’t fond of ground beef. But then I came across a recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes in the Eats Cookbook from The Old Farmer’s Almanac and my interest was piqued again.

 

Turkey Sloppy Joes: a Friday night supper that's easy to throw together. This contemporary version is healthier and more flavourful than your typical Sloppy Joes

This contemporary version is healthier and more flavourful than typical Sloppy Joes from the 1970s. Extra seasonings like cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and smoked paprika balance the tomato, and turkey is a healthy replacement for the usual ground beef.

Serve Sloppy Joes immediately so the buns don’t go too soggy.

This recipe is similar to our recipe for Mom’s Turkey Black Bean Chili.

Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe

Adapted from Eats Cookbook from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup chili sauce (can substitute additional ketchup)
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard (I use Dijon)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Over medium heat, warm 1 Tbsp. of the oil in a large pot. Add the turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Saute until cooked, stirring often. Remove to a plate.
  2. In the same pot, add diced onion, pepper, garlic, spices and salt. Saute until soft but not browned (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add tomatoes, ketchup, chili sauce, molasses, mustard, water and cooked turkey. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and season with pepper. Cook five more minutes.
  5. Serve over toasted buns or use as a taco filling.

 

Goodness cookies – the ultimate healthy breakfast cookies

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)
Sometimes I get so hungry all of the sudden that I think I`m going to fall over. It hits me, just like that. The same thing happens to my twin brother so I know I`m not crazy.

I feel like Audrey in `Little Shop of Horrors` (“Feed me Seymore”) and have taken to stashing protein bars in my purse and in the glove compartment. Although I`m not a fan of protein bars — they don`t really have a baked-from-scratch sort of flavour.

When I get that dip these cookies are the sort of thing that I crave. They have substance, flavour and a little bit of sweet.

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)

If ever there was a breakfast cookie these are it:

  • Loaded with stuff that’s good for you they’re the sort of cookie you could nibble with your morning coffee or have as your mid-morning snack.
  • They’re picnic cookies and going-on-a-hike cookies, tasty summer fuel for your body.
  • They’re sweet, but not too sweet and have great flavour thanks for the orange zest, cinnamon and chocolate chips (a terrific combo).
  • They have bran cereal in them (although you don’t need to tell anyone) and a healthy dose of ground flax and whole grain flour.

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)

Goodness cookies – healthy breakfast cookies

A recipe from my sister, and they really are called “Goodness” cookies.

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, softened*
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup All-Bran-style cereal
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or dried fruit (or a combination of the two)

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses, egg and orange zest.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
  3. Blend into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in cereal and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by spoonful on parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

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*Healthy tip from a reader: Reduce the butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup applesauce

Nutritional profile:

Calories per cookie 110.7
  Total   Fat 6.1 g
  Saturated   Fat 3.5 g
  Polyunsaturated   Fat 0.5 g
  Monounsaturated   Fat 1.3 g
  Cholesterol 18.1 mg
  Sodium 14.3 mg
  Potassium 97.3 mg
  Total   Carbohydrate 15.5 g
  Dietary   Fiber 2.1 g
  Sugars 8.7 g
  Protein 1.6 g

Other good stuff in each cookie:

Folate 8.6% Daily value

B-12 8.8% DV

B-6 9.6% DV

If you’re a fan of bran you might like our cranberry bran muffins.

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