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Sloppy Joe Sliders

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My kids have never had Sloppy Joes, so when Chef Kirsten shared this “healthified” version from her awesome website, La MesaVida, I knew I had to give a try! I changed the recipe ever so slightly according to what I had available. My nine year-old is still not completely sold on peppers, onions and mushrooms, but I find if I chop them really well in the food processor, they don’t bother him as much. I chop each veggie in my mini-food processor, but you could just as easily throw them all into a full-sized food processor and get the job done in no time. The tiny veggie pieces tend to blend in nicely with the sauce. You could easily add some chopped spinach or other greens right in with the meat. We eat our sloppy joes with a green salad and some fruit on the side. We found nice whole wheat slider buns made at our local grocery store, but these can easily be served on a whole wheat or gluten-free wrap, pita bread or on top of a salad. You will definitely have leftovers, which can be eaten the next night or packed for lunch the next day.

This recipe is really easy on the wallet at $2.60 per serving! With a green salad and fruit on the side, it’s around $3.50 for a well-rounded, veggie-packed meal that the whole family will love!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
2 cups tomato sauce, no sugar added
tomato sauce
2
cups
no sugar added
1 tablespoon honey (or brown sugar)
honey
1
tablespoon
or brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
lemon juice
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
dijon mustard
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon paprika
paprika
1
tablespoon
1½ teaspoon salt
salt
teaspoon
black pepper, ground (to taste)
black pepper
ground
to taste
1 tablespoon healthy oil
healthy oil
1
tablespoon
1 onions, chopped or minced in food processor
onions
1
chopped or minced in food processor
3 cloves garlic, minced
garlic
3
cloves
minced
1 bell pepper, chopped or minced in food processor (red or green or any color)
bell pepper
1
chopped or minced in food processor
red or green or any color
1 carrots, grated
carrots
1
grated
6-8 ounces mushrooms, sliced or minced in food processor
mushrooms
6-8
ounces
sliced or minced in food processor
optional: 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
optional: baby spinach
1
cup
finely chopped
16-20 ounces turkey, lean ground (can substitute ground beef or chicken)
turkey, lean ground
16-20
ounces
can substitute ground beef or chicken
12 slider buns, whole wheat (or gluten-free rolls or wraps)
slider buns, whole wheat
12
or gluten-free rolls or wraps

Method

Prepare sauce by mixing tomato sauce, honey (or brown sugar), lemon juice, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat large skillet on high and add oil. Add vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add meat and cook until lightly browned. While the meat is being browned. For a dryer Sloppy Joe, drain some of the liquid off. Add sauce to browned meat and veggies. Stir on high so that sauce thickens. Take off the heat when you have reached the desired “sloppiness”.

Babyfood Option:

Because the veggies are blended and softened by cooking this recipe makes a great baby food, and ground meat is a great way for new eaters to try meat. If your baby still needs a smoother texture, take a few spoonfuls and blend a bit in a mini food processor or blender first. Use1 tablespoon of brown sugar instead of honey for babies under a year.

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
10 min
Cost per serving:
$2.60
Yields/Serves:
8 servings

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I really like all the veggies!” —Zane, age 9
😫😟😐😀😍 “Okay. It’s pretty good.” —Asa, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay.” —Pearl, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay. There are too many red peppers in there.” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. I like all the veggies!” —Anna, age 10
😫😟😐😀😍 “It’s okay. I like that it doesn’t taste like meat but it’s a little spicy.” —Nia, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I love everything about it!” —Noelle, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 "It's so easy and it's appealing and even kids can help to make it!" —Daryle, a grown up.