Turk-Wee Sloppy Joes


While other kids went outside to play when I was in grade school, I would always find myself in the kitchen with the lunch ladies, checking out what they were making for that day and stealing bites of whatever I could get my hands on. One of my favorite things the ladies prepared were sloppy joes. They were tangy, warm and fun to eat because they were so messy. I loved biting into them and watching the sauce dribble back onto the plate.

Recently, I was nostalgic for a good sloppy joe recipe and I couldn't believe how many of the ones in cookbooks or available online contained tons of sugar and ketchup. This recipe is super yummy, but also healthy, which makes it a great meal for the whole family. I use ground turkey instead of beef because it’s lower in fat, comparable in price, and tastes just as delicious.

Kenya's still too young to get the concept of holding a big sandwich like this, but he loves to eat the turkey mixture with a spoon out of a bowl.


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Turk-Wee Sloppy Joes (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 24 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery Stalk, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 15 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 whole Wheat Sandwich Buns or Rolls (optional)


1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.

2. Add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft.

3. Add the bell pepper, carrot and celery and continue cooking for 3 minutes.

4. Add the ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

5. Add the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 10 minutes.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Serve as is or on buns.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.