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I feel like this Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joe is one that you can get down and dirty with. Which is why it's perfect to divulge in the comfort of your own home, which is where we all have been the last couple weeks 🙂 Who wouldn't be in the mood for a healthy version of the famous Sloppy Joe? So, every time I eat a sloppy joe I've got sauce all over my face and as a result, my hand is basically coated and dripping with whatever is oozing out of the bread with every bite I take!
So, I was actually curious to why it's even called a "Sloppy Joe". Similarly, who is this Joe guy anyways? So, I found out he was basically just a cook who one day decided to add tomato sauce to his "loose meat" sandwiches. As a result, sloppy joe's were invented. Voila, there you have it. Above all, I have to say I am way more of a health nut than my husband will ever be, but once in a while I've gotta make him a "man meal". Sloppy Joe's are definitely one of those 🙂
What do you need to make healthy turkey sloppy joes?
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You will need pound of ground turkey, 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 small yellow onion, diced, 1 small red bell pepper, diced, 2 tbsp. ketchup. I found a great 5 minute healthier ketchup if you have the extra time to make it. Head over to Sugar-Free Mom's page for her Healthier Low-Carb Homemade Tomato Ketchup.
You will also need 2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce (my fave ;), ½ tsp. kosher salt, ½ tsp. ground black pepper, 1 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 cup low-sodium beef broth, 8 ounces reduced fat shredded mozzarella, 6 whole wheat rolls.
How do you make these yummy sloppy joes?
First, add the ground turkey to a large cast iron skillet (my new favorite pan to use) and cook until the meat is brown. This is the cast iron skillet I use. Drain the browned meat in a colander. You can just leave it in the colander while the onions and peppers are cooking. In same pan toss in butter, onions, and bell peppers. Cook for 5 min. Add the meat back into the pan.
Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine beef broth and cornstarch. Whisk together! Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mix into the pan. Add the 6 oz of the cheese and stir until cheese has melted! Serve on whole wheat buns and top with the last 2 oz of cheese distributed evenly. I serve mine using a wooden slotted spoon to lessen the amount of extra juice I have on my plate, but feel free to get as sloppy as you want 🙂
Quick Tip - I almost ALWAYS make extra so that I have some left over for lunch the next day! Hence, I categorized this as lunch, but you can chow down on this bad boy whenever you want to get Sloppy 😉
Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes
- cast iron skillet
- small mixing bowl
- cutting board
- paring knife
- wooden spoon
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 small red bell pepper diced
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
- 8 oz reduced fat shredded mozzarella
- 4 whole wheat buns
- Heat a cast iron skillet to medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned. Drain in a colander and set aside. You can leave the turkey in the colander while following the next step.
- In the same cast iron skillet add the butter, onions, and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes. Stirring often. Add meat back into skillet.
- Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, add beef broth and cornstarch. Whisk until well combined.
- Add beef mixture, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper into meat mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Add 6 oz of the cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
- Serve on whole wheat buns topped with the remaining 2 oz distributed evenly.