When I was young, we had like 4 go-to meals in my house, and sloppy joes was one of them. Manwich, white bread, and 70/30 ground beef were the ingredients. Who says you can’t revisit some of your old friends sometimes? Okay, well maybe their smarter, healthier grandchildren at least.
A year ago or so, I got a hankering for some sloppy joes, and I found an organic canned sauce that we tried. Here’s the thing(s), it really wasn’t very good, I’m pretty sure I paid like $7 for it, we used it one time, and I just recently found it in the back of the fridge and tossed it out (gross.. I know), and there were still things in it that are not necessarily my favorite ingredients for clean eating.
This time around, Skinny Joes were created. Just as yummy, I knew exactly what was going in there, and they were still hubby approved. They were also quick and easy, and there’s plenty of leftovers. Win.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of lean ground turkey
- 1 15 ounce can of organic tomatoes (I love Muir Glen brand) or an organic tomato sauce
- 1 T of green chiles (go for the mild if you don’t like spicy joes)
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup organic ketchup
- Salt free seasoning of choice (I used Flavorgod everything – 1 T)
- Bun or bread of choice (I did an open face sandwich with 1 slice of Ezekiel bread, toasted. Hubby did a fresh baked whole wheat bun from Kroger’s bakery)
Cook ground turkey stovetop until fully cooked through. If you’re making your own sauce, all you do is put the can of tomatoes into a food processor with 1/2 T fresh or dried basil and blend until tomatoes are smooth. If you’re using a tomato sauce, skip that step. Either way, turn the heat to low/simmer and add all of the remaining ingredients to the pan and mix well. Allow turkey to simmer in sauce for 5 minutes, remove from heat, and serve. I toasted my slice of bread and topped it!
Now THAT is how you do Skinny Joes!