Veggie-Full Sloppy Joes

Ah, ground turkey.  Endlessly versatile, but also endlessly boring if not properly “dressed.”  As I was contemplating dinner last week (I spend a good part of the afternoon contemplating dinner), I found a lone package of ground turkey in the freezer.  I also had a bunch of random CSA veggies that needed to be eaten.  And we haven’t had sloppy joes in I can’t remember how long.  Voila!  Veggie-filled sloppy joes.  But these aren’t just any sloppy joes.  No canned sauce here.  These are so chock-full of goodness that they’re almost a meal unto themselves.

Don’t freak out.  The following recipe has a long ingredient list.  But trust me, these sloppy joes are super easy to throw together, even with a toddler hanging off your legs!  If you want to prep them ahead of time (what? Getting something done during nap time?), you could brown the meat, onions, and peppers in a skillet then pour them into a slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients to simmer away for the afternoon.  If you want to jack up the flavor even more, and don’t have little ones who are sensitive to spicy foods, these would be great with some added crushed red pepper or hot sauce.  And while we can’t do beans in our house, for a vegan option I would try subbing the ground turkey for black or pinto beans, or even soy crumbles.  Yum!

Veggie-Full Sloppy Joes

Veggie-Full Sloppy Joes-Dairyland Mashup

1.25 lbs. ground turkey

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small white onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 sweet banana pepper, diced (could use a jalapeno!)

2 fresh tomatoes, diced, or 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with no salt added

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1/4 c. barbeque sauce

2 Tbsp. ketchup

2 Tbsp. pickle relish

2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. paprika

Dairy-free buns for serving

In a large skillet, brown turkey, garlic, onion, and peppers.  Add tomatoes and their juice, and scrape the pan to get the tasty brown bits off the bottom of the skillet.  Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and everything is heated through.  Serve on dairy-free buns and enjoy!  Makes 6-8 sandwiches, depending on the size of the buns and your appetite.

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