My family was pretty busy growing up, even though there were only three kids. My dad worked crazy hours at the hospital, I had tons of after-school commitments, and my brothers were always involved in sports, so my mom was always taking them places.
On those crazy nights, I could usually guess what we were having: Chicken Alfredo, tacos, or Beef Stroganoff.
On some occasions, however, my mom would mix things up with Sloppy Joes and I was not a fan. I honestly don't know what it was, but I just dreaded them!
Fast-forward to 22-year-old me, a full-time food blogger with a much different palette, I was scrolling through fall recipes on Pinterest one night and came across Sloppy Joes.
I decided to give them a shot again, but this time it would be my own recipe. And you know what? I LOVED THEM. And so did my husband!
I'm convinced that 1) they taste better because I'm an adult now and 2) I made them from scratch.
If you're on the fence like I was, this recipe is for you! If you already love Sloppy Joes, you're going to love these Turkey Sloppy Joes even more!
What makes this recipe different from other recipes is the specific ingredients I chose. Most recipes called for ground beef, ketchup (yuck), brown sugar, and three different kinds of canned tomatoes, and I was not about it.
Instead, to keep it "made-from-scratch," I chose ingredients that are not only pantry-friendly but diet-friendly too! I even added a fun twist with a homemade slaw. For these incredible Turkey Sloppy Joes, you'll need:
I wanted to make sure this recipe was easy to make, even on those crazy days (we've all had those, right?). That's why you'll only need one skillet for the main dish and one for the slaw! Even better, we can break down the entire meal into 3 simple steps:
This is just a fancy French word for "sautéed veggies." Simply turn your stove to medium heat and sauté the mushrooms, diced onion, and garlic for 5 minutes until fragrant. Then brown your meat until no pink remains.
Now that our meat and veggies are ready, we can add everything else to the skillet to finish the sauce. This includes the tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, oregano, chili flakes, salt, and pepper.
Mix until well combined, cover with a lid, and simmer for 10-15 minutes while you make the slaw.
Chop the bottom 1/2" off of the Brussels sprouts and let all the loose leaves fall off. Then, slice into very thin pieces with a sharp knife.
Spray another skillet with cooking spray and sauté the "shredded" Brussels sprouts over medium-high heat until vibrant and green, about 5-7 minutes. (You can also buy shredded Brussels sprouts at the store to save some time.)
When the slaw is done, you're ready to eat!
I know you'll love this recipe as much as I do! It's easy, healthy, and incredibly delicious. Even your kids and picky spouses will love it!
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These healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes are way better than store bought Manwich. They're served with the easiest 5 minute Brussels sprouts slaw and fresh dill pickles. Make them for busy weeknights, family BBQs, and freezer-friendly meal prep dinners.
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