Turkey Sloppy Joes

TGIF!!  Can I get an amen??  I feel like every post on a Friday has the same first two sentences.  I have a fun weekend planned, so I am particularly excited.  I am having a Girls Night with two of my closest friends tonight, visiting a bazaar tomorrow with my mom and mother-in-law, and either visiting with family or friends on Sunday.  Lots going on and lots to do!

It also seems that every time I post a new sloppy joes recipe, I feel the need to reiterate that I NEVER HAD THEM as a kid.  I don’t know where, when, or why my love of them sparked, but it happened within the past couple of years and now I make them constantly (a different recipe each time, of course).  Today’s recipe is for turkey sloppy joes from Dixie Crystals.  Maybe I am just honing in on my kid-friendly dishes early on in life.  Like, pre-kid life. 😉

In any case, none of my sloppy joe recipes have ever been duds, this one included!  This one includes carrots, also, therefore is a great way to sneak in vegetables (especially if you are making it for children).  The recipe also called for diced bell pepper, which I love, but my husband does not, so I decided not to sneak it in (and saved a couple of bucks too, since I didn’t buy a pepper). This dish is also great for one of those “quick weeknight suppers” – and it’s even quicker if you chop the vegetables ahead of time and refrigerate until it’s time to use!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

serves 6-8

-1cu ketchup
-8oz tomato sauce
-2tbsp worcestershire sauce
-1tbsp dijon mustard
-2tsp chili powder
-1tsp crushed red pepper flakes (if you can’t handle spice at all, even this teeny amount might make it too spicy)
-1tbsp brown sugar
-1tsp salt
-1tsp ground black pepper
-1tbsp olive oil
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped
-1 small orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped
-1/2cu julienned carrots
-1lb lean ground turkey (usually turkey comes in 1.3lb packages, which I find actually works better)
-whole wheat buns

-In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, tomato sauce, sugar, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper; then set aside.
-Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium/med-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add onion, bell pepper and carrots and cook, stirring as needed, for about 5 minutes.
-Add turkey and cook until browned through, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks. Then add the ketchup mixture, stirring to evenly coat turkey and vegetables.
-Let everything simmer for 10 minutes more, or until thickened. Divide turkey mixture evenly among buns and serve immediately.


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