foodie fridays: sloppy joes

Soooooo….last week I had a HUGE craving for sloppy joes.

You know, the kind of craving where you would bolt from a shoe fitting at Uncle Nordies because you had to get to the grocery store just to pick up said ingredients.



This doesn’t happen to you, does it? Is this the point where you tell me I need to get out more? Where I need to get serious about the high-heels or boots I put on my feet? Where I need to find a better balance between my Fashionista and Foodinista lives? Okay, okay, I hear ya.

Anyway, my particular sloppy joe craving was for my Mother’s recipe. I probably texted her at least 3, 487 times last Thursday asking for the elaborate recipe (sorry, Ma!). I remember as a little girl my Mother making this recipe a lot, especially in the fall and winter. I loved it because it was one of the foods you could eat with your hands and not get in trouble.

Well, it turns out, I could use a little patience in my life because this recipe was far from complicated. I should have known better. My mother is a smart lady and making an elaborate meal for three hungry kids, es no bueno. Instead, this whole meal takes less than 30 minutes to make. Brilliant.

I kept a few of the ingredients the same like the tomato paste, McCormick seasoning, and onion. But added a green a pepper for color, cheddar cheese for some cheese-y goodness, and used ground turkey thighs instead of ground beef to keep things light. Dude, ground turkey thighs is the way to go. Dark turkey meat has crazy benefits. It contains lots of iron, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12, and less than fat than red meat. It’s a win-win situation.

Hmmm…I wonder if Uncle Nordies could ad sloppy joes to their cafe menu? Then life would be perfect.

Hey, it could happen.


Sloppy Joes


1 lb ground turkey thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 cups of water
1 pkg. McCormick's Sloppy Joe Mix
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
Salt and pepper
hamburger buns
4 slices cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 425. Saute onion and green pepper in skillet with 1 T. olive oil. Add ground turkey and brown. Sprinkle package of Sloppy Joe mix over meat, stir in the tomato paste (will be goopy). You may add less tomato paste if you like your Joes less tomato-ey. Pour in one cup of water.

Heat skillet mixture on medium and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low or medium-low, and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and sloppy joes are not runny. Add more water during simmer time if needed. The joes should simmer 20 minutes.

Place hamburger buns on a baking sheet. Top one side with sloppy joe mixture and place slice of cheese on top. Repeat three more times. Put in oven and bake until cheese has melted and buns are toasted!

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