Healthy Sloppy Joes made with lean ground turkey, chopped red peppers and sweetened with molasses. Lower in fat and calories than a traditional Sloppy Joe sandwich and even more delicious! A single serving recipe + video.
Do you remember eating a Sloppy Joe sandwich as a kid? They were always a favorite of mine. Dinnertime always felt special when my mother prepared them for my sister and I.
The ones of my childhood weren’t exactly healthy. In fact, they were fairly high in fat and loaded with sugar, probably the exact reasons I loved them eating Sloppy Joes so much.
I remember enjoying the deliciously sweetened meat mixture which was piled high on top of a sauce soaked hamburger bun. It was to me, the perfect meal.
Sloppy Joes were also one of my go-to meals when my kids were living at home. I’m sure they loved these deliciously sloppy sandwiches for the same reasons I did as a kid. One thing my kids didn’t know about the homemade Sloppy Joes they grew up eating was that I revamped the recipe and they didn’t have a clue.
That’s right, I lightened up our Sloppy Joes by using ground turkey instead of ground beef, sneaking in freshly chopped vegetables, and I sweetened the sauce with mineral-packed molasses.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
This healthier Sloppy Joe sandwich is so much better than the canned version of my childhood. I love adding in red peppers and sometimes I’ll chop up a carrot and a celery stalk and let them cook along with the peppers, onions and garlic.
If you’re avoiding carbs, skip the bun and add a few spoonfuls to large butter lettuce to make a lettuce wrap.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and I’m sure you’re going to love how quickly it all comes together.
This healthier Sloppy Joe recipe is pretty identical to the version my own family enjoyed for years. I’ve taken the same ingredients and scaled down the recipe so that it is the perfect amount to serve one person.
What To Serve With Sloppy Joes
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Healthier Sloppy Joe Recipe
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 pound ground turkey (or use ground beef)
- 1/4 of a medium onion , chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped onions)
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 1/2 of a red pepper , chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped red pepper)
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 burger bun
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the ground turkey and onions and cook until browned breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and red peppers and continue cooking until vegetables are soft, about another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes more.
- Remove from heat and spoon onto bun.
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