Sloppy Joes

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It’s SO easy to be lazy! But that’s not the kind of easy you want to get used to. It’s time to get used to easy HOMEMADE meals. Use real ingredients, no preservatives and control what you put into your food. Sure, homemade food can be high in calories of sugar, carbs and poor fats. Even too much protein, not enough fiber. But we can make healthier options and use moderation to compromise. Sloppy Joe’s CAN be healthier without losing it’s unforgettable flavor. Without a doubt this is the best I’ve ever had. I spent a few times getting it right and it was well worth it!

Here I made a traditional Sloppy Joe using ground turkey instead of beef. I’ve made this a few different ways including with all ground beef and I’ll be straight up honest with you… there isn’t much of a difference. With the right spices you can really make a huge difference with the blandness that is ground turkey. I’ve made this using all 99% fat-free ground turkey breast and the consistency was a little tough in comparison but the flavor never changed. My favorite though is using the commonly found 6% fat ground turkey that you can find at any store. Basically, you can do whatever you want with it. Make it your own!

serves about 6

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 14oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cups ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1/3 heaping cup dark brown sugar
1/2 – 3/4 cup beef stock

In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute the onion and carrot with the olive until softened. Add the garlic and ground turkey, breaking it up and stirring until it’s about half way cooked through.

Toss in the salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika and diced tomatoes. Stir everything together, add half of the beef stock, tomato paste, ketchup and worchestershire sauce then stir again.

Reduce the heat to low-medium letting the sloppy joe’s simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until everything thickens.

Lastly, stir in the other half of the beef stock and brown sugar. Allow everything to simmer until it thickens again.

Serve with your favorite buns.