Family Friendly Dinner
The Sloppy Joe has been around since the 1950s and is often referred to as an American treasure. We’ve taken this classic, family-friendly comfort food and given it a modern and healthy twist. Our Sloppy Joe’s recipe is delicious, nutritious and is quick and easy to make using real ingredients in lieu of the store-bought can of sauce you may remember from childhood. The nutrients from lean turkey and pinto beans add so many health benefits to this dish and blend together perfectly with the other veggie-packed ingredients and spices. And by reducing the amount of turkey, you can make this recipe almost meatless. While our Sloppy Joe’s may taste like the kid-friendly favorite you loved as a child, this is one meal that adults will fall in love with too!
Nutrient Booster: Pinto Beans
As with most beans, pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. The high fiber content found in pinto beans can help prevent blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans optimal for those with diabetes or insulin resistance. But these small beans offer so much more. Pinto beans are an ideal source of folate, protein, Vitamin B1, and vitamin B6 as well as many minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorous, manganese and potassium. Pinto beans contain an abundance of necessary health benefits that impact your overall well-being and are packed with nutrients that will keep your body happy and healthy. Adding them to your diet in a variety of creative and tasty ways, such as our delicious Sloppy Joe’s, allows you to take advantage of all these beans have to offer.
Our Sloppy Joe’s pair well with a veggie side dish. Try our Chard Salad with Carrots, Beets and Sunflower Seedsor our Asparagus with Lemon Skyr for an all-around healthy and nutritious meal.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup pinto beans
- 6 whole wheat buns
- romaine lettuce leaves
- tomato slices
- red onion slices
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion for a few minutes and then add ground turkey. Cook the meat for about 8 minutes until turkey is browned, stirring occasionally to crumble the turkey.
Add carrots, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, black pepper and turmeric. Cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in tomatoes and apple cider vinegar and stir well; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and carrots are tender, stirring occasionally.
Add beans and mash with a fork, back of a slotted spoon or use a potato masher. Add mashed beans and remaining beans to pan. Cook for one minute or until thoroughly heated.
Serve on a whole wheat hamburger bun or a romaine lettuce leaf and roll into a wrap. Serve with sliced red onions and or lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
Serving size: 1/6 serving Calories: 320,Fat: 10 grams, Saturated fat: 2 grams, Sugar: 5 grams, Sodium: 350grams, Fiber: 6grams, Protein: 20 grams, Cholesterol: 55 milligrams