Healthy (er) Sloppy Joe

The men in my house LOVE some sloppy joes. Okay, okay, I admit it…I love them too. Sloppy joes are allergy-friendly (served with your choice of dairy-free or gluten -free bread, or even on top of a baked potato…yum!). And contrary to their bad rap, they can be healthy (er). Here’s how. This recipe is my own, and so good. We lick the pan, honest to goodness. I based my sauce off of America’s Test Kitchen BBQ sauce recipe, found in their Family Cookbook.


1/2 lb ground turkey

onion, diced small

green pepper, diced small

3 carrots, shredded

1/2 c ketchup (preferably free of corn syrup)

some mustard

1/3 c brown sugar (you can use molasses or maple syrup instead)

ground pepper


Brown the meat and cook onions and peppers. When meat is done, add shredded carrots. Don’t cook them too much, so they’ll retain their food value. Then mix together rest of ingredients in a bowl. Taste it…you may need more sugar, syrup, etc. When it tastes good, pour into meat and cook until heated. Enjoy over bread or baked potato.



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