The Not-So-Original Sloppy Joe


This one is a good healthy alternative for adults and kids from

Serves: 2 Sandwiches


  • 1 1/2 tsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 med yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/3 c strained tomatoes
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 2 lg whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Chopped scallions (garnish)


  • Preheat broiler.
  • Heat oil in large sauté pan over low heat. Add pepper, onion, garlic, and celery. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and translucent, about 7 minutes.
  • Push vegetables to one side of pan. Raise heat to medium-high. Add meat to side without vegetables and cook, stirring, until almost cooked through, about 7 minutes.
  • Combine meat and vegetables. Add vinegar and stir. Add tomato paste and sugar, if desired, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, nutmeg, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Lower heat and simmer until thick, about 3 minutes.
  • Open buns and toast in broiler until golden brown. Divide meat between buns, garnish with scallions, and serve.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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