18 March 2011

healthy kicked up sloppy joes

i first got the idea for this dish from everyday food and i have been using my version for a long time. although, i'll be completely honest (come on, would i ever lie to you?), my version changes a lot. each time i make them i dump in a little of this or a little of that. that's what i love about this recipe...it's so versatile. and it's a great way to use leftover vegetables or the ones getting smushy in your fridge. i always use ground turkey because, well, i am just not a ground beef kinda gal (do you hate the word gal? cuz i kinda do, but i used it anyway). i never use ground beef except for the occasional hamburger and i usually try to fool the mr. by using ground turkey instead and until recently he had no idea. if you like ground beef then you could easily use it instead of ground turkey! cut up all your veggies about the same size and they blend right into the meat and your kids will never even see them! i think i got pretty lucky, though, because my kids actually get excited when they see the veggies!

1 pound ground turkey
olive oil
1 onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup barbecue sauce ( i love sweet baby ray's)
2-3 T. worchesterchire sauce
1 t. liquid smoke
salt and pepper to taste (you probably won't need any salt)
buns
garlic salt

in a large saute pan or saucier, saute onion, celery, carrots, and pepper in olive oil until onion is translucent and vegetables are softened. add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds (garlic burns fast and gets bitter so it's just a quick heating before adding additional ingredients). add ground turkey and brown. when turkey has cooked all the way through (this take 5-10 minutes) add ketchup, barbecue sauce, worchesterchire sauce and liquid smoke and stir to combine. if mixture is thick, add about 1/8th cup water just to loosen. add salt and pepper if needed. simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

for buns, lightly butter each side of each bun and then sprinkle very lightly with garlic salt or granulated garlic. toast buns under broiler until lightly golden on each side.

add a pickle and a salad and your meal is complete!



to show you how healthy these are, i even calculated it all for you! that was sure nice of me. it's pretty accurate, although there were a couple of ingredients that it wouldn't include but they wouldn't add much significance. and you can see that you may not want to add any additional salt!


7 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 283.8
Total Fat 8.0 g

Saturated Fat 3.9 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 25.9 mg
Sodium 1,002.0 mg
Potassium 196.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 38.1 g

Dietary Fiber 2.2 g

Sugars 15.6 g
Protein 12.6 g

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