Saturday, March 31, 2012

Slim Sloppy Joes by Peg Cochran

My husband generally prefers food that is quick, uncomplicated and easy to eat. (And he has to have mint jelly with his lamb--go figure!) This recipe for Skinny Sloppy Joes fits the bill--without too big a caloric hit. This is a super fast meal that is likely to be a favorite with kids as well. Perfect for the night you'll be dying Easter eggs and/or making up those Easter baskets and don't have time to fuss at the stove!

If you must have beef in your sloppy joes, you can substitute lean ground beef for the turkey.

Oddly enough, the town where I come from in NJ sells a sandwich called the Sloppy Joe (a few surrounding towns sell them as well) but it's nothing like the standard recipe. It's three pieces of rye bread, ham or turkey--your pick, cole slaw and homemade Russian dressing. They are to die for! I'll post that recipe another time!

Skinny Sloppy Joes

1.25 lbs lean ground turkey (1 package)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2/3 cup corn kernels
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar or Splenda
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Hot sauce to taste
Whole-wheat hamburger buns

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and break into crumbles. Cook until no longer pink. Remove turkey from skillet and drain any liquid.

In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3 minutes.

Return the turkey to the skillet and stir in the remaining ingredients (except for hot sauce and buns). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Add hot sauce to taste.

Serve on whole-wheat hamburger buns with the toppings of your choice.


Chopped onion
Pickle slices
Low-fat grated cheese
Sliced olives
Tomato slices
Banana peppers
Jalapenos (my favorite!)


  1. Thanks...another recipe to add to my growing collection.

  2. Spark People posted a recipe using diet cola, mustard, vinegar and ketchup. I changed to tomato sauce for fewer calories and not too sweet.

  3. Diet cola? That sounds interesting, too! This is so easy to make and really tasty. I look for buns that have the fewest calories, and try to limit myself to a 1/2 cup serving! Hubby, however, scarfed down half of it I think!

  4. Peg, I love a slim joe. Love turkey burgers. This looks great!


  5. I fear I could scarf it down, too. And I love that it's made with turkey. Only half a cup? That sounds like torture!

    ~ Krista

  6. I've always loved sloppy joes, but I've never added toppings to them before. I can't believe I never thought to dress them up with my beloved jalapeno slices!