Turkey Sloppy Joes

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This healthier re-do of an all-American classic is perfect for an upcoming family dinner. If there’s leftovers, they’re great to freeze and reheat for a future meal.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes  

Makes: 4 Servings


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey, preferably breast meat only (Vegetarians: Substitute 1 cup crumbled tofu and 2 cups canned, no-salt- added kidney beans, drained and rinsed, mashed with a tablespoon olive oil with the back of a fork or in food processor. But do not purée.)
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce, preferably with no more than 500 mg sodium per 1⁄2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 whole grain hamburger buns, approximately 110 calories each


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with oil. Add onion and sweet pepper. Cook 3 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add turkey (or beans) and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add marinara sauce, vinegar, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Divide mixture evenly across 4 sliced, open buns and serve.

Nutrition Facts (Per serving):

Calories: 424, Total Fat: 10g, Protein: 46g, Saturated Fat: 2.2g, Carbohydrate: 39g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Calcium: 80mg, Total Sugars: 14g Sodium: 606mg

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