Sunday night I made the Super Sloppy Joe’s (p. 67 if you have the cookbook) and oh my – so good! I’m not really a sloppy Joe’s person, BUT, Rob seemed interested and I do very much enjoy the Wild Boar Sloppy Joe at Longman & Eagle in Chicago – so I thought I’d give this one a try. (Also, I failed at capturing a photo, so the one above is credited to The Dude Diet Cookbook’s IG.)
In the last few months, I’ve been making a conscious effort to incorporate at least 1-2 green vegetables in all the meals I’m preparing at home. So, instead of serving the sloppy joe mix on a bun like you would traditionally, I served the mix on top of zoodles. So good!
The recipe prepares quite a batch, so I’ve portioned out lunches (or dinner since I’m working late a lot these days) for Rob and I to have to grab on the way out the door or warm up quickly for a meal.
The Dude Diet Super Sloppy Joe’s
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into small dice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra if needed
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- One 15-ounce can tomato sauce (sometimes labeled “tomato puree”)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapenos
- 4 whole-grain rolls or hamburger buns
- My twist: Trader Joe’s Zucchini Spirals (the ones from the frozen section) in place of buns
- Heat the olive olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the ground turkey and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring and breaking up the meat with a spatula or until no longer pink.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire, chili powder, cumin, and salt and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften. Stir in the tomato paste adn cook for 1 minute, then stir in the tomato sauce, honey, and jalapenos. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Taste and season with a little extra salt if necessary.
- My twist: While the turkey mixture is simmering, prepare the zoodles according to package directions. Which are the easiest directions, warm a saucepan over medium with a dash of olive oil, cover and simmer for 9-11 minutes.
- My twist: I scooped about 3/4 to 1 cup of the turkey mix onto the zoodles to serve.
The recipe took about 20 minutes to prepare, and about 10 minutes to do the prep work of chopping, etc. The Dude Diet servings is 4 — we got about five servings – based on my portions for leftovers.
If you give it a try, let me know what you think!