Who’s down for some homemade tangy, smoky and sweet Sloppy Joe’s? Like just like the ones from your childhood but without all the chemical garbage in it. Did I mention they are also slow cooker friendly and have the hidden benefit of veggies and quinoa so even your picky eaters will love? Don’t worry VEGANS and VEGETARIANS, I’ve got you covered too. Simply make the sauce and instead of ground turkey sub lentils, veggies, quinoa, or whatevs. I also used the leftover meat/quinoa mixture the following night and added it to hollowed out zucchini boats. How cute is that?
Makes about 4 cups of sauce (you will only need two cups per 1 pound of turkey so save and freeze the rest for another day)
Place the following ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and set aside.
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (unsalted)
4 T tomato paste
2 cloves of garlic
1 bell pepper
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 T flaxseed
1 T honey
1 T coconut sugar (or just regular white sugar)
1 t chili powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 t ancho chilli powder
1/2 t paprika
Brown one pound of ground turkey and mix in 1 cup of cooked quinoa. Add 2 cups of the sloppy joe sauce and cook until heated through. Freeze the remaining sauce for another day.
You can even pour the turkey and sloppy joe sauce into a slow cooker and heat on low for up to 4 hours. If you do this, I would add an extra cup of sauce to the mixture to make sure everything stays nice and moist.