I don’t know about you, but sloppy joes were a weekly staple in my house growing up. My mom was a busy lady, so fast meals were an absolute necessity. I never complained, of course, because I loved them. That said, the sloppy joes of my childhood probably weren’t the healthiest. Our One-Pot Skinny Sloppy Joes are not only just as delicious and easy to make as the messy meal we used to enjoy, but they’re also much healthier!
Cleaning Up a Classic Recipe
Did you ever watch your mom make sloppy joes? If not, it probably looked something like this: She’d fry up some ground beef, open up a can of mystery sloppy joe sauce, and dump it into the pan. Once it was cooked, it was most likely served on a white bun that was leftover from the burgers your dad grilled on Sunday night.
Ground beef is a great source of protein, but its fat content is also pretty high. Ground turkey, on the other hand, is high in protein and low in fat. Using it in place of ground beef can slash an astounding number of calories from the dish.
When it comes to anything in a can, we’re always a bit wary. Most of the time, there will be at least a few ingredients that we can’t pronounce. Traditional cans of sloppy joe sauce contain added sugar, sodium, and more. Frankly, we just don’t need that in our life. Making our own sloppy joe sauce allows us to enjoy the same flavor with fewer weird ingredients.
A Healthy Version of the Sloppy Joes Mom Used to Make
Preparing this healthier option only requires a few simple steps. You’ll begin by cooking the ground turkey in a large skillet or pot. After a few minutes, add the diced yellow onion and green bell pepper, as well as the minced garlic. When the turkey is cooked all the way through, add the sloppy joe sauce, made with Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and other common ingredients. Mix it all together, bring it to a simmer for a few minutes, and your one-pot skinny sloppy joes are ready to enjoy!
This recipe provides four servings. If you need more or want leftovers, feel free to double the ingredients. Note that the nutritional info does not include the bun, so you’ll have to add that in if you want to eat the mixture on a roll. The sloppy joes themselves are 173 calories and contain 28 grams of protein per serving. We recommend using whole wheat buns to get a little more fiber into your diet!
One-Pot Skinny Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1/2 cup yellow onion diced small
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced small
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking into small pieces as it cooks.
- After about 5 minutes, or when the turkey is about half cooked, add the onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until turkey is cooked through and onions are just beginning to soften.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until desired consistency. Serve hot on it's own or over a whole wheat bun.
These skinny sloppy joes will allow you to share a piece of your childhood with your family in a healthier way! Are you looking forward to trying them? Let us know in the comment section!