Friday, July 29, 2011

Turkey Sloppy Joes

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Talk about eating healthy! Last night we put carrots in our sloppy joes. Carrots!! 

Now I know that sounds a little strange...and it is. Turkey is a healthy alternative to ground beef all in itself, but using half grated carrots in addition to the turkey makes it even better for you. Plus this is a great way to sneak vegetables into the meal if you have picky eaters at home. 

The carrots add a slight sweetness to the mixture, but when you put it on a hamburger bun it evens it out. I'm sure if you're weirded out by the carrots you could just do all turkey, no problem. But if you're on a healthy eating binge like Chris and I, I'd definitely suggest trying out this recipe. It won't disappoint. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Printable Recipe

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 carrots, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3/4 lb. ground turkey (93% lean, dark meat)
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium; add carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on whole-wheat rolls.

Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart

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