Comfort foods are a must for certain days. There is nothing else that seems to help but to just indulge and enjoy something really yummy! There is only one problem. Usually my comfort food consist of ice cream, pizza, biscuits & gravy, etc. which is so fattening it’s not funny. So I knew I needed a good alternative which brought me to these sloppy joes.
Now first let me say they aren’t the healthiest recipe out there by no means. I still use certain ingredients that would be a no-no to some people, but they are better than using the pre-package sauce or seasoning mix you would normally buy in the grocery store that are loaded down in sodium. I use ground turkey instead of ground beef as well. The other great thing is that I know exactly what is going into each one.
Sloppy joes are a comfort food for me because they are a quick and easy go-to dinner that can be made even after a long and hard day with very little effort which is always nice. The picture below shows mine with cheddar and sour cream chips, but we also have them with some sweet potato fries that you can just throw in the oven while your sloppy joes are simmering.
Now let’s dig in!
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- Small onion diced
- ½ large bell pepper diced
- I cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
- Dash of hot sauce
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- 2/3 cup water
- Sandwich buns
First heat your skillet on medium high. Brown the ground turkey. Before being almost completely done, add in the onion and bell pepper until soft.
Add ketchup, tomato paste, yellow mustard, hot sauce, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder stirring to combine.
Add in the water and stir again. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
Serve on sandwich buns with potato chips or sweet potato fries. We enjoy the sesame seed or Hawaiian hamburger buns.
Now you have a simple but tasty dinner ready to go. Plus what kids don’t love sloppy joes. You could also add some diced carrot with the onion and bell peppers to sneak those vegetables in for the more picky eaters.
Also don’t you love that red porcelain mason jar? I found it on clearance at TJ Maxx for $2.00 and just couldn’t pass it up.
I hope you enjoy even the little things in life like a good comfort food.
I also shared a recipe recently for my blackened tilapia tacos with avocado cream sauce. Another healthy and delicious meal that is easy to make for a quick dinner.