Sloppy Joe

Again I have been hiding vegetables in food.  This one still surprises me that everyone eats, even little Savannah.  Sloppy Joe is a go to food for a lot of families and everyone uses different recipes or the easy out of a can option.  As I made this and measured things, I realized our recipe is a bit more vegetable than it is meat… you could probably make it completely vegetarian if you wish too.  Anyway, here is our recipe for the American classic, Sloppy Joe.


1 tbls Olive Oil
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 small summer squash diced (optional)
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Red wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbls BBQ sauce

1.  Put olive oil in a skillet and heat.  Saute carrots, celery, and onion for about five minutes.  Add the ground turkey and cook through.  (we use a really lean ground turkey so we do not need to drain the meat)  Drain if needed.

2.  Add the tomato sauce, dry mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, sugar, and BBQ sauce.  Stir together and add in the squash if using.  Bring to a simmer.

3.  At this point things look kind of soupy.  Let it simmer until it is of desired consistency.  Usually around 10 minutes.

4.  Serve over hamburger buns or bread.  Goes great with a little shredded cheese.

I hope your family enjoys this as much as we do.

Mary Catherine

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3 thoughts on “Sloppy Joe

  1. Sneaky, Sneaky… I love this idea. I am always trying to find ways to include veggies in our meals and it isn’t easy… I may have to get the veggies much smaller, but this is a great way to hide them! Thanks for the recipe!
    I found you through “The Answer is Chocolate Link Party” where I am also partying, would love it if you’d stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella 🙂

    1. It is true, hiding veggies can be hard to do. I have also shredded the carrot to get it a little smaller, you really don’t notice it then. I also think there is something about tomato sauce that just helps to hide whatever is in it. Thanks for stopping by!

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