Everyone loves a tasty sloppy joe, even the pickiest of children will scarf down a sloppy Joe and ask for seconds, myself included because they are truly a treat for me. I really enjoy them but I also want to feel good about what I’m eating and I want it to be healthy for my body. I want all the delicious, messy, sweetness of a sloppy joe minus the refined sugars, additives and the list of other ingredients found on labels that most of us can’t pronounce so I put together my own delightful recipe years ago and I’m craving today so now I’m sharing with you. I use gluten-free ingredients to keep things wholesome but feel free to use the name brand of your choice. You won’t be disappointed.
1 lb. ground lean meat (turkey, bison or beef)
1 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup green onions, diced
1 cup ketchup (I make my own or use an organic Heinz brand with few ingredients)
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 1/2 tsp. McCormicks or 5th Season chili powder
1 tsp. worchestershire sauce (LeaPerrin is gluten free)
1/2 tsp. McCormicks or 5th Season seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. McCormicks or 5th Season garlic powder
1/4 tsp. McCormicks or 5th Season celery seeds
Utis Gluten Free Hamburger buns or Slider buns for the little one’s
1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, sauté turkey, onion & pepper until turkey is no longer pink
2. Add all other ingredients & bring to a boil
3. Reduce heat to low; cover & simmer for 30 minutes
4.Toast buns, if desired
Here are some great ideas if you make extra or have any leftovers:
1. Stuffed Bell Peppers
Mix some leftover joe with rice and cheese and stuff it into some green bell peppers and bake them for a bit.
2. Shepard’s Pie
Take your joe, put it in a casserole dish and add in cream corn or mixed vegetables and top with mashed potatoes and then bake until warm.
3. Baked Potatoes
Top a baked potato with some Joe, shredded cheese and chives and get a whole new kind of yummy! .