December 13, 2015

Turkey Sloppy Joes with Crispy Onion Straws

I'm really enjoying teaching cooking classes at Google! My series is called "How I Ate 70 Pounds." It's an interesting concept where I talk through my weight loss story with the audience, then demo two recipes that showcase that healthy cooking can be delicious eats. That was very evident to the class when they tried these turkey sloppy joes with crispy onion straws. 

Pro Tip: If you're not a fan of the "sloppy", you can break up the bun and make into a sloppy joe bowl!

This hearty comfort meal between two toasted buns packs a whopping 30g of protein and is an unconventional way to get in a solid dose of vitamin C (from the tomato sauce!). 

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (make the night before eating)
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 super sized, 6 regular
Serving size: 12oz super sized, 8oz regular

Macro Nutrition Information (1 super sized serving):
Fat: 19 grams
Carbohydrates: 67 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Fiber: 5 gram
Calories: 550

1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1.25 lbs. ground 93% lean turkey
1 tsp sriracha (or hot sauce)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1.5 tbsp worcestshire sauce
1/4c red wine vinegar
6oz tomato paste
1/4c brown sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp salt

Optional: 1 tbsp French's fried onion straws

Instructions: (Highly recommend doing this 1 day prior to eating)
1) Heat olive oil in pot at high heat 

2) Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic to pot and cook for 5 minutes

3) Add ground turkey, break it up, and stir with wooden spoon vigorously until brown

4) Add remaining ingredients and bring temperature up to a simmer

5) Once at a simmer, turn stove down to medium-low and let simmer for 30 minutes

6) Stir every 10 minutes. You don't want chunky meat! Aim for a consistency of hot dog chili

7) Toast buns, including on the bottom of the bottom bun

8) Assemble as seen below

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