Healthy Sloppy Joes
If you’re not sure what to make for dinner, I have the perfect protein-packed meal your whole family will devour- healthy sloppy joes! Who says sloppy joes have to be unhealthy?
This version of the childhood favorite gets a major makeover- we’re kickin’ up the flavor and giving this turkey sloppy joe recipe a huge nutritional boost. These are waaaaaaaay better than the old Manwich Sloppy Joes you may remember eating as a little munchkin. My kiddos actually aren’t really fans of Manwich, but they gobbled this good-for-you adaptation right up!
This meal is super easy to throw together, making it a great weeknight meal. Or prep ahead of time- I love making this recipe on Sunday for quick and easy lunches and dinners throughout the week. My favorite way to enjoy healthy sloppy joes is over zoodles (zucchini noodles). If you’ve never tried them you totally should. I use a Paderno spiralizer for my noodles… it works like a charm. I prefer my zoodles raw, but you can also heat them for a few minutes in a large skillet with a little olive oil. One serving for me is 1 medium to large zucchini spiralized with 3/4 cup sloppy joe mix. What a fantastic, super clean and tasty meal!
Whether you serve these healthy sloppy joes over zoodles, on a hamburger bun, on ezekiel bread, over spinach greens or …. on waffles, you’re going to want this recipe to be a regular in your meal rotation.
- 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 medium red or green pepper chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb. raw ground 93-99% lean turkey breast or lean ground chicken
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups healthy homemade tomato sauce or store-bought tomato sauce or pizza sauce from a can
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons all-natural tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce or hot pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or raw honey
- Optional for garnish- finely chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium to high heat.
- Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes and until onion is soft.
- Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to a bowl and set aside.
- Add turkey to the same skillet; cook, over medium heat, stirring frequently to break up the turkey, for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add onion mixture, tomato sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste, sriracha sauce and maple syrup. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.
- Sprinkle each serving with fresh parsley before serving, if desired. Serve over zucchini noodles, spinach greens or on bread/bun. Enjoy!
Very slightly adapted from Autumn Calabrese's FIXATE cookbook. In the cookbook, a serving size is 1 1/4 cups and this is the equivalent of 3 1/2 greens, 1 red and 1 teaspoon.
In search of yummy protein-packed easy meals? Look no further!
What’s one of your favorite childhood meals you would like to see healthified?