I just checked out the My Healthy Dish cookbook from the library by My Nguyen and immediately wanted to make these sloppy joes when I saw the recipe. My 5 year old son has never liked ground beef but likes ground turkey, and he really liked this meal! Any meal that he will eat is a keeper around here. And the fact that my husband and I liked it too is a bonus! I made a few changes to the ingredients and amounts called for in the original recipe. In particular, I left out the dijon mustard thinking that my son probably wouldn't like it. The recipe called for chicken stock, but I had beef stock in the cabinet, so used that instead.
Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup organic carrots, chopped
1 14.5oz can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 organic red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 medium sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup organic beef stock
8 whole wheat buns (I got mine from the bakery at the grocery store)
1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese
1. Cook ground turkey in pan over medium-high heat until cooked through. Place turkey and remaining ingredients (except buns and cheese) into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
2. Serve sloppy joe mixture on whole wheat buns, topped with cheddar cheese.
(Recipe adapted from My Health Dish by My Nguyen, "Turkey Sloppy Joes" recipe, p. 138)
What are the nutritional benefits of this meal? Ground turkey is low in sodium and saturated fat, and is an excellent source of protein. Whole wheat buns are higher in fiber and bioavailable vitamins and minerals due to the flour being unrefined.