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Healthier Sloppy Joe

Healthier Sloppy Joe

We lighten up traditional Sloppy Joe’s by using ground chicken or turkey. You can serve with a large salad, but we love the simplicity and crunch of raw carrot, cucumber and celery sticks and/or the tang of pickled veggies, which also happen to make a great weeknight snack.

Kept it traditional with peppers and celery but veggies can also be substituted with broccoli, chopped eggplant, and/or shredded carrots for some extra nutritional value.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon date honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 whole wheat buns


  1. Heat evoo in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute onion, pepper and celery, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until just fragrant about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add ground turkey, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, and cook for about 5 minutes, until no longer pink.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, vinegar, date honey and chili powder. Simmer until everything is hot, adding water if needed to thin out the sauce. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning before spooning onto buns. Serve with pickled vegetables or raw veggie sticks.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 443
  • Carbohydrate Content: 52.8 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 63 mg
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Fiber Content: 8.3 g
  • Protein Content: 39 g
  • Sodium Content: 751 mg
  • Sugar Content: 17.3 g