Healthy Sloppy Joes

Healthy Sloppy Joes

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Healthy sloppy joes are an easy, family favorite! You can serve them on their own with veggies, or on a bun just like the original ‘manwich.’

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with green beans and potatoes

I’m popping in today with a simple recipe you can batch cook for meal plans and have on hand throughout the week.

Sloppy Joes were always one of my favorite sandwiches growing up. Although honestly, I never had any idea how my mom made them. They may have come from a can for all I know!

To be honest, I wasn’t exactly much of a cook until I turned 24 or so. I even screwed up mac ‘n cheese once.

Clearly I didn’t read directions well, because screwing up mac ‘n cheese seems impossible. Maybe it was lack of patience?

Luckily for me (and my family) I’ve come a long way from my Lean Pocket and turkey sandwich days!

In an attempt to change up my normal lunch routine (and make sure we stay away from Lean Pockets), I created this healthy sloppy joe recipe to toss on top of rice, or to have on a whole wheat bun!

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with green beans and potatoes

Healthy Sloppy Joes Grocery List

Make sure to pick up the following items on your next trip to the grocery. But don’t forget to check your pantry to see what you already have on hand!

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey (93/7)
  • tomato paste
  • tomato sauce
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • chili powder
  • garlic salt
  • honey or maple syrup
  • canned diced tomatoes (optional)

When I initially started throwing ingredients into my pot to make this recipe, Kyle was surprised I wasn’t adding ketchup. It seems like a staple, right?

That’s because I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible with all of my recipes. Cooking from basic, whole ingredients isn’t nearly as hard as it might seem.

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with green beans and potatoes

Ketchup is pretty sugary, made with corn syrup and lots of other additives. Even though you can find organic ketchup, it usually still has sugar in it. I’d just prefer to stay away from it altogether.

Many traditional sloppy joe recipes also call for brown sugar. I’ve skipped that, and added honey instead. You can also use maple syrup instead if you don’t have honey on hand.

Although, honestly, sugar is sugar. Even though honey and maple syrup are more ‘natural’ forms of sugar, the real goal with making this healthier is adding a little bit less sugar.

 

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with green beans and potatoes

I’ve served these healthy sloppy joes a couple different waysโ€”either on a bun with sides, or served with rice! Both are easy for lunch and dinner food prep. And both taste really good. The recipe pictured here is served with roasted red potatoes and roasted green beans!

Food Prep Tip: A reader made these as food prep and froze them. Just save in portion sizes you want and microwave for two minutes!

Healthy turkey sloppy joes with green beans and potatoes

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Healthy Sloppy Joes

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 6

Healthy sloppy joes made with whole ingredients and ground turkey

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey (93/7)
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 0.5 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 0.25 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2.5 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, brown ground turkey over medium heat until completely cooked.
  2. Stir in all ingredients. Once mixed, heat on low for an additional 5 minutes.

Notes

One serving equals 6 Weight Watcher points.

Food Prep Tip: A reader made these as food prep and froze them. Just save in portion sizes you want and microwave for two minutes!ย 

Courses Dinner, Quick Meals

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 oz

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220

% Daily Value

Total Fat 8 g

12%

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

13%

Cholesterol 65 mg

22%

Sodium 178.7 mg

7%

Total Carbohydrates 14.5 g

5%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 14.4 g

Protein 22.1 g

44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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