Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sometimes the easiest recipes are easily forgotten about. Actually, we never even ate Sloppy Joes growing up. The few times I remember eating them is while visiting my Grandparents, & they came straight out of the can. Yep, Manwich. I just read the Michael Pollan quote, "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," & was laughing to myself. If I consider it my Great-Grandma, then I'm probably okay, but if I consider this my children's Great-Grandma, well, she ate a lot of weird stuff. At least it was weird to us, as kids, because we ate pretty healthy. We didn't have Manwich, tater tots, Wonder Bread, etc. My Grandma's green bean-ground burger-bacon enhanced tater tot casserole, sort of turned into a family joke. My parent's had dropped us kids off with them for a few days, & we refused to eat it. We swore the few bites we took made us deathly ill. Then my sister really did get very, very sick. Anyway, all of this is why I haven't thought much about making Sloppy Joe's, until a good friend asked me recently, if I could make them 'safe.'

Well, what do you know. They are about one of the easiest things to whip up. The boys love them & they are a perfect filling for a lettuce wrap. Mike's not gluten-free, so he usually ends up using bread with his, the boys prefer theirs in corn tortillas, & I love mine in lettuce. Last time, I actually just put it right on top of my salad, & it was really good. I'm probably losing a reader or two at the sound of that- but I promise, it's yummy.

As usual, be creative, mix-&-match what foods work for your family. Ry can't have garlic, so there isn't any in here. Can't have turkey? Use a different ground meat. I've also made them with TVP (soy-protein); I use a slightly different recipe, but they also turn out great. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming on even getting started in kitchen, but this recipe is definitely at the top of our list for ease of use & taste!

Turkey Sloppy Joe's

1-pound ground turkey

1-small onion

1-tablespoon olive oil

3/4-cup ketchup

1-teaspoon mustard

1-tablespoon molasses vinegar, to taste

salt & pepper, to taste


1. Heat olive oil in pan, over medium heat. Add onion & saute for a few minutes, then add ground turkey. Cook until browned.

2. Add ketchup, mustard & molasses to cooked turkey & onion. Stir to combine.

3. Turn down heat & let simmer for awhile, the longer it sits, the more flavorful it'll be, but you can also eat it right away. It usually depends on how early I start it...also, add any salt, pepper or vinegar if you like; I'm a sucker for the tang of vinegar.

4. Serve over gluten-free rolls, your favorite bread, as a wrap or in lettuce leaves...or on top of a green salad.

5. Enjoy!