Saturday, October 2, 2021

Low Calorie Sloppy Joes


This is a Weight Watchers recipe.  I've been trying to eat lightly to "make weight" for our daughter's wedding today. (Yes, I'm very excited!)  If you like sloppy Joes, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this lightened up version.  I couldn't find crushed tomatoes in puree so I just used a can of puree.  I think it was actually a 28 ounce can--not sure they make 20 ounce cans.  I like to toast the buns, but that is up to you.  Also, I used a green pepper--I don't see why you couldn't substitute a red pepper if you prefer. 

Interesting side note:  Where I come from in New Jersey, a sloppy Joe is actually a sandwich.  A handful of delis make them and they are delicious--three pieces of rye bread; your choice of ham, turkey or roast beef; cole slaw; Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing.  They're best if made the night before so the bread can "marinate" in all the flavors. 


2 tsp. olive oil

1 small onion, chopped  

2 ribs celery chopped

 1 bell pepper, chopped

 1 lb. lean ground turkey breast

 1Tbsp chili powder

 2 tsp. dried basil

Salt & pepper to taste

 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

 20 oz. canned crushed tomatoes in tomato puree

 ¼ cup ketchup

 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

 1 cup frozen corn kernels

8 Hamburger buns 


Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Add onion, celery and bell pepper and sauté until tender. 


Add turkey and sauté until browned. 


Add chili powder, basil, salt, black pepper and cayenne and stir.

Add crushed tomatoes, ketchup and mustard, stir.


Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Stir in corn and simmer until heated through.

Spoon mixture onto rolls and serve hot.


"A Fatal Footnote is a delightful romp in the English countryside sure to entertain any cozy mystery reader."  Open Book Society

Writer-in-residence Penelope Parish will need to use every trick in her quaint British bookshop to unravel a murderous plot that threatens to ruin a ducal wedding.

The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Upper Chumley-on Stoke has all the makings of a fairy tale, complete with a glowing bride and horse-drawn carriage. But it wouldn't be much of a story without a villain, and as American Gothic novelist Penelope Parish is coming to learn, happy-ever-afters are as fraught in this charming British town as they are in her books.

When the Duke's former girlfriend is found murdered at the reception it's up to Penelope and her newfound family at the Open Book bookshop to catch the killer before they strike again.



Murder in the Margins has everything: England * Charming town * Book shop * Writer-in-residence * Royalty * Cute detective * Murder!



The plot thickens for American gothic writer Penelope Parish when a murder near her quaint British bookshop reveals a novel's worth of killer characters.


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    1. I think that this meaty mixture would also be tasty over rice or noodles. If someone is watching their carbs, it could also be served over cauliflower rice! I have just started reading A Fatal Footnote and I am enjoying it - thank you!

    2. I’m from NJ too and grew up eating both types of sloppy joes.

    3. I agree with Nancy. We'd love this served over rice or Amish noodles. Sloppy Joes here in east Texas are served on hamburger buns & are a mix of meat, onions, garlic, chili powder & Worchestershire but there are probably as many ways to make Sloppy Joes as there are cooks who make it. :)

      1. Linda, I live in (north) East TX too! I always tweak recipes to suit us, and for the past several years have used Ellie Krieger's Sloppy Joe recipe. Don't make them often but they sure are tasty!

    4. That looks healthy and filling! Thank you for sharing and I am sure with recipes like this one you will have no problem meeting your goal weight for the wedding. Congratulations!

    5. Peg, this looks great! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to hear about the wedding!

    6. Sloppy Joes sound so familiar, but I don't remember having them growing up.
      I need to see if my sister remembers them.