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Veggie Filled Sloppy Joes – Supper for a Steal

Who remembers the sloppy joes from your childhood? Did the sauce come out of a can? I remember my mom making sloppy joes with Manwich more than I would like to think about. I loved them at the time, but now not so much. I wanted to try making an updated, chock full of veggies sloppy joe. First I made them for the husband and I. We of course loved them because we love veggies, then I tried them out on the kids at camp. The results were a mixed bag. Some of the kids loved them, so refused to try them because the the zucchini. One girl went home and made them for her family the next night, she was my star veggie eater of the week.

I grew up eating ground turkey instead of ground beef so naturally I continue to use that the majority of times when ground beef would typically be used.  But if you are buying just plain ole ground turkey you  aren’t really saving yourself much fat or calories. Sure it is lower in cholesterol, but that’s about it.  To see the lower fat and calories  you need to buy ground turkey breast. Make sure to check the label when purchasing, most ground turkey breast should come in at about 1.5 grams of fat per servings.

Veggie Filled Sloppy Joes

Veggie Filled Sloppy Joes

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Serves: 4
  • 10 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4-5 squirts of worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • tabasco sauce, to taste
  • salt
  • 4 buns
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute turkey until almost cooke through, add onion and carrot and saute 2-3 minutes. Add squash and saute an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Add ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, worcestershire, tomato pasta and tabasco sauce. Mix well and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt to taste, serve on buns


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