Sloppy Josephines (ground turkey)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 318.4
  • Total Fat: 9.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 42.1 mg
  • Sodium: 540.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 40.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 18.7 g

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This is a low-cal take on the Sloppy Joe, using turkey and vegetables. Turkey provides the low-cal protein and lots of veggies make this healthy. This is a low-cal take on the Sloppy Joe, using turkey and vegetables. Turkey provides the low-cal protein and lots of veggies make this healthy.
Number of Servings: 8


    1lb fresh ground turkey
    PAM (or 1tsp. canola oil)
    1tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. onion powder

    1/3 C. finely chopped carrots
    1/2 C. chopped onion
    1/2 C. chopped celery
    1/2 C. chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 C. chopped yellow bell pepper
    1 small green jalapeno, diced (optional)
    3 cloves fresh pressed garlic
    1 Small Can (5.5 fl oz.) V8 Low Sodium Vegetable Juice
    2T. tomato paste

    Spice Mixture:
    4 oz. Tomato Puree (or Trader Joe's ketchup sugar free)
    1t Worchestershire Sauce
    1t. Agave
    1T. Yellow Mustard (French's)
    1T. chili powder
    1/2 tsp. sweet paprika (Hungarian or Spanish)
    1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper (optional)

    1/2 Avocado

    8 Whole Wheat Buns (serves 8 using approx 1/2C-2/3C on each)

    Dash Celery Salt (optional, only for those that feel salt is needed).


Stovetop Cooking:
Use a very large stovetop fry pan with at least 2" high side.

Spray well using PAM or apply 1tsp of canola oil (using wax paper) to the surface of the fry pan to keep meat from sticking.

Using a wooden spoon, break up ground turkey in pan, fry until browned. Season turkey with garlic powder and onion powder.

Reduce heat to MEDIUM.
Add veggies onions, celery, carrotts, bell peppers, jalepeno (optional), and saute approx 3 minutes, then add the pressed garlic, stir and cook an additional 2 minutes until garlic softens. Add 2T tomato paste and one small can of V8 Juice and bring liquid to simmer.

While the turkey and vegetables are cooking, mix together the spice mixture: barbecue sauce, mustard, chili powder, sweet paprika,
cayenne pepper (optional)

Once the liquid is simmering, reduce heat to LOW and add the barbecue/spice mixture.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Serve on Whole Wheat Bun

Spread two small thin slices of avocado on roll or set on top of the "Josephine"
(approx 1/2C - 2/3C of "Josephine" per sandwich).

Important Note Regarding Optional Ingredients:
jalepeno peppers add heat/bite, make sure all the seeds are removed. do not touch your eyes after handling this pepper...wash hands well!!!!

cayenne "red" pepper (powder) adds heat/bite, use sparingly.

celery salt (for those like my hubby that feels salt is a requirement on all food!).

note: you can use 4 oz. BBQ sauce instead of tomato puree + worchester + agave, but it will have more sugar and be more caloric.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DSTENORE.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very Good, even my husband who is not a veggie person liked it :). I caculated 7 wwpts - 9/21/08

    Reply from DSTENORE (7/29/09)
    I'm trying to cut down on sugar calories. I have updated and now use the following instead of BBQ sauce:
    4oz Tomato Puree OR 4oz. Trader Joe's Ketchup
    1t. Worcestershire Sauce
    1t. Organic Raw Blue Agave (low glycemic sweetener)

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My husband and two boys didn't even think it was "mom's diet" food. It was great and flavorful. - 8/2/09

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    What an incredible meal. I made this last night for supper and it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. - 9/29/09

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    Delicious! Great way to get some veggies into a meal. - 7/29/16

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    This was delicious, everyone loved it. I'll be making it again soon! - 2/3/15