Kick up the flavor and healthy factor of Sloppy Joes with this healthy Sloppy Joe recipe. It’s great for a last-minute weeknight meal.
You may be someone who plans your menu for the week (how I envy your organizational skills!) or that other type of person who decides what’s for dinner at 5pm, when the troops are getting restless. Of course, I don’t personally know someone who could possibly be that disorganized (ahem). Whichever category you fall into, this easy and healthy sloppy Joe recipe will appeal to you.
For those fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants types, this recipe uses ingredients that you likely stock in your fridge and pantry. If you have a decent supply of dried spices, some kind of ground meat (preferably lean), a couple of carrots and a bit of tomato and barbecue sauce, then you can pull this off with your eyes closed.
While traditional sloppy Joes are served on hamburger buns, there’s not reason why you couldn’t serve the mixture over rice or even pasta. My motto for weekday meals…use what you have. It will always turn out if you have a decently stocked pantry and a somewhat forgiving family.
While carrots aren’t typically part of sloppy Joes, why not use the opportunity to slip in some veggies? The veggies are diced finely and cooked until softened so that they don’t affect the texture of the sloppy Joes.
- 3 tsp olive oil, divided
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- ½ medium onion, diced
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- ¼ tsp (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp honey or agave nectar
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns*
- Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the carrots and sauté until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Pour in an additional teaspoon of olive oil. Add the onion, thyme and oregano and sauté until the onions are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, then add the ground turkey. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through. Drain the accumulated liquid.
- Return the vegetable mixture to the pan with the turkey, and stir in the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Divide the turkey mixture evenly between the 4 hamburger buns. Serve.
Weight Watchers Points: 8 (SmartPoints), 7 (Points+), 6 (Old Points)
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