Sloppy Joes are awesome, right? Everyone likes a messy, dripping and yummy sandwich. We used to have these all the time (in my other life)…. only they were not so healthy. Unfortunately…… Manwich in a can was our choice for Sloppy Joes. So sad. 🙁
The ingredients in Manwich are:
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Less than 2% of: Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Red and Green Bell Peppers, Chile Pepper, Tomato Fiber, Spices, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Carob Bean Gum, Natural Flavors.
Hummmm…… Not so great, huh? That “High Fructose Corn Syrup” thing does not make me happy.
Well, because we love Sloppy Joes at our house, I wanted to find a way to make a healthier and cleaner version. I looked around at a bunch of different recipes and decided that I needed to create my own version. I use ground turkey instead of ground beef……just another way to eat less beef. I also used all fresh ingredients, minimal sugar and of course….no artificial anything or preservatives. For the toasted crusty buns….. I used Rudi’s gluten free multigrain hamburger buns.
Check out this recipe. It beats Manwich…. up one side and down the other. Your children will love it too!
|Sloppy Joes......A Cleaner Version|| |
- 1 Tbsp. of organic cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 1½ lbs. of organic ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp. of Montreal steak seasoning (I use McCormick brand)
- 1 Tbsp. of organic brown sugar
- 1 medium organic yellow onion, chopped
- 1 medium organic red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar
- 1½ Tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups of organic tomato sauce (I use Muir Glen brand)
- 2 Tbsp. of organic tomato paste
- 1 tsp. of spicy brown mustard
- ¼ cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 package of hamburger rolls, toasted (I use Rudi's brand, gluten free)
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
- Add ground turkey to the skillet. break up meat and begin to brown. Approximately 5-8 minutes.
- When meat is almost browned, sprinkle in brown sugar and steak seasoning, combine with meat and cook, stirring often until done.
- Once the turkey is done, add onions and red peppers to pan and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Add red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper to the skillet and mix will with other ingredients. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until vegetables are softened.
- Pour in tomato sauce, tomato paste and mustard to, reduce heat to low and stir well.
- Simmer uncovered on low for 15 minutes, stirring often.
- Toast rolls slightly under oven broiler.
- Spoon Sloppy Joe mixture onto toasted rolls and serve immediately.