For some reason I began to crave a sloppy joe. I think it’s because I had frozen ground turkey in the freezer from when I caught a sale at Kroger ($.99 a lb!). I haven’t ate a sloppy joe in ages! I remember once The Boy told me his mom used to make them all the time, but from scratch. I was shocked, I had NO CLUE you could make them and not use Manwich! Seriously, I had no clue! So when this hankering for a sloppy joe began to develop, I researched recipes. I quickly found one that sounded good on Martha Stewart’s website. I was intrigued by the use of carrots, but it wasn’t the first recipe I’d seen with them. It seemed like a GREAT way to sneak in some veggies!

I must say I LOOOOOVED these! (The Boy thought they were yummy, even if they were different from his mom’s.) I can’t believe something so messy looking, and simple, could really taste that good! I feel like a dork, but it was a darn good dinner! If you’re like me, and have never had sloppy joes that don’t come from Manwich, and are craving an “old fashioned” kind of meal, you really have got to give these a shot. The flavor is a little bit sweet, and more complex than something you’d get from a can. You can taste the combination of flavors with each bite. This recipe will most definitely be used again and again. (PS. I think this made more than 4 servings! I’m counting at least 6!)



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Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 carrots, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1 medium onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 pound ground turkey (93% lean, dark meat) (I used 1lb)
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split

Directions:

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.