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  • Recipe Redux: Turkey Sloppy Joes

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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    I don’t come from a family of traditions. We didn’t share common holiday rituals, there weren’t vacations or road trips that we felt we had to take every summer (lest we feel like we missed out on a beloved part of the season), and we didn’t bother to pass down family recipes. I come from a blended family, both my parents had previously been married and, between the two of them, there were nine kids. Heck, by the time my younger sister came along (she, the last addition to the family), my dad was already in his 50’s.

    Really, who had time for traditions

    Turkey Sloppy Joes Kindred-Kitchen

    So, when this month’s Recipe Redux challenge revealed itself to be a bit…nostalgic, I didn’t really have much to work with. The most classic thing I have in my kitchen is a set of 25-year-old Pyrex mixing bowls and they don’t really evoke feelings that make me want to wax poetic about all of the things I have made using them. As I thought about some of the most common things that were cooked in my home when I was growing up, a huge cast iron fry pan was usually at the center of it all. As it turns out, though the pan is not ancestral, my cast iron skillet is also my go-to; particularly when I am making a classic like Sloppy Joes.

    So let’s call this my ode to the cast iron skillet. Once it’s well seasoned, it’s one of the best non-stick surfaces you can cook on…making it a great tool in your healthy cooking kitchen. Of course, it’s also the secret ingredient, if you will, for amazing fried chicken, but you didn’t hear that on this super-healthy cooking blog :).

    When’s the last time you had Sloppy Joes? That long, huh? Well, this healthier take with ground turkey, a lot less sugar and all of the tangy sweet flavors you remember will guarantee that so much time won’t pass til your next one.

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    Recipe Redux: Turkey Sloppy Joes

    servings: 6 | time: about 30 minutes

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    2 TBSP. olive oil
    1 large green pepper, chopped
    1 small onion, chopped
    3/4 pound lean ground turkey (preferably breast)
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
    2 TBSP. tomato paste
    1/3 cup ketchup
    1 TBSP. worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. chili powder
    1 TBSP. stone ground mustard or 1 tsp. mustard powder
    1 TBSP. red wine vinegar
    1 TBSP Splenda brown sugar (or 2 TBSP regular brown sugar or honey)


    1. Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat

    2. Add the pepper and onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion starts to become translucent

    3. Add the ground turkey and cook over medium heat until turkey is just cooked, stirring frequently

    4. Meanwhile make the Sloppy Joes Sauce by placing all of the remaining ingredients (salt through brown sugar) in a large bowl. Whisk well to combine

    5. Pour the sauce over the turkey and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the sauce is thickened and flavors come together

    (even better the next day!)

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    4 responses to “Recipe Redux: Turkey Sloppy Joes”

    1. A cast iron skillet… Why didn’t I think to use that in my recipe? That’s for sure one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. I didn’t really have any good passed-down kitchen cookware to use either for this challenge. Great second picture with all of that steam 🙂

    2. Yum! This is my kind of food – especially as we are heading into winter here in Australia

    3. Serena says:

      How did you know?? It has been TOO LONG since I’ve made sloppy joes!! I WILL be making these. Love your story about the blended family…bet you have some good stories with all those kids running around though! (:

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