Tag Archives: quick

Sloppy Joes

2 Feb

These are a far cry from the stuff in a can.  I use ground turkey breast, so they’re low in fat, and with all the veggies in the sauce, they’re a perfect one-dish meal.   I make them a little on the sweet side to appeal to the kids – you can cut back to 1-2 T on the sugar if you’d like, and substitute cayenne pepper for the paprika to make them spicy.

I like to use potato rolls.  They’re nice and soft and I pull out the inside to make a pocket for the meat – fewer carbs and less mess!  Sometimes I get the smaller dinner rolls instead for the kids.  Two regular sandwiches is too much, but two dinner roll size are perfect.


Sloppy Joes

  • 1 T oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey breast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 T Worchestershire
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 c ketchup
  • hamburger buns

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the peppers and onions and saute 3-4 minutes until beginning to soften.  Add the turkey and break up with a spoon.  Saute until turkey is fully cooked.  Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.  Add tomatoes (with juice), Worchestershire, vinegar, sugar, and spices.  Stir 1-2 minutes until combined.  Add ketchup, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes. If the sloppy joes look too dry, add a little water or chicken stock.  Adjust salt and pepper if needed, and serve.


Italian Stir Fry

25 Sep

italian stir fryI’ve decided to start eating more seafood, so I stuck the handy Seafood Watch Pocket Guide in my coupon holder so I could choose environmentally friendly seafood.  Turns out its hard to find affordable, environmentally friendly seafood.  I don’t know if they’re Italian, but bay scallops were on sale last week, and they’re on the “best” list, so they made it into the recipe.

This is a 100% original recipe.  I’m sure there are others like it out there – I just haven’t seen them.  It was a big hit with the kids.  Bella and Shawn even liked the scallops!   It made just enough for one adult and three kids, but could easily be doubled.

You could substitute shrimp or chicken, and just about any vegetable – just make sure to add veggies that cook longest first.  

Italian Stir Fry

%d bloggers like this: