In the spirit of Body for Life (I promise I’ll do a post on this), I made up a Body for Life friendly dinner last night. I honestly haven’t had a sloppy joe since elementary school. I did however, used to eat an amazing vegan sloppy joe in Chicago at Karyn’s restaurant (highly recommend it if you’re vegan or vegetarian). But a real-deal sloppy joe? It’s been a while.
This was a really easy, healthy recipe. Here are the ingredients I used:
(adapted from Meals and Moves)
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (you can also use beef)
- 1 small red onion, diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce- Okay, so you’re supposed to use low sugar BBQ sauce but I actually couldn’t find any in the grocery store. We also already have BBQ sauce so it would have been a little painful buying another bottle just because it’s slightly lower in sugar…
- 1/2 cup Ketchup- Supposed to be no sugar added too…oops
- 1 8oz. can of tomato sauce, no salt added. I did have this, woo hoo!
- Chili powder to taste
- Hot sauce to taste
- Whole wheat buns- remember those tiny little wheat Wonder Bread buns? Busted those babies out!
First, I cooked the chopped onions for a bit. I like onions, but raw onions drive me insane because I can never get that taste out of my mouth! Same goes for garlic. Love it so much…but hate waking up in the middle of the night tasting garlic…ew.
Once the onions cooked a little, I added the turkey and cooked until it started to brown.
Next, I added the BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, and ketchup.
After it mixed well, I added the chili powder, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
I served the sloppy joe’s with some steamed broccoli. Pretty healthy meal! The joe’s were really good too!
Every time I have a sloppy joe (which is not often) or think about sloppy joe’s (which happens sometimes) I always get this song in my head. It’s a beautiful little ditty about everyone’s favorite lunch lady…Enjoy!