Turkey & Veggie Sloppy Joe’s with “Fried” Sweet & Red Potatoes

Posted on: June 10, 2011

The Pirate Kid LOVES sloppy joe’s. I love them too, because they are super quick to make and you can fill them up with tons of veggies. He also claims to love french fries (well, today anyway) so I paired the sloppy joe’s with some Sweet & Red “fried” potatoes.  The flavors were awesome, it was simple and quick to make, and everyone ate their dinner (a huge feat in itself.)

The best part about this dinner was I was able to recycle the leftovers into another dish which I will be posting next, Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie, my ultimate comfort food.

Turkey & Veggie Sloppy Joe’s

  • 1 lb extra lean turkey breast
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped(Use the other half for the “Fried” Potatoes!)
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 C tomato paste (about half the small can)
  • 1/2 C ketchup
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C water
  • 2 T mustard
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 t brown sugar (don’t skip this, it helps cut the acidity)
  1. In a nonstick cooking pan over medium heat, saute the onions, zucchini and carrots with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add  the remaining ingredients (tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, and water.) If it is really thick, add more water as it will cook down.
  4. Stir and reduce heat. Let mixture simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Serve on buns, pitas, bread, or over rice.

Servings: Eight 1/2 C servings

Points per serving (does not include bread): 2 per half cup (WW PointsPlus 3)

I ate mine over a 110 calorie whole wheat pita. The kids ate theirs in hot dog buns. Everyone was happy.

We used only 4 servings and used the remaining 4 servings for the Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie.  This would be a great recipe to double and freeze.  You could also use it as a base for chili, or even with a can of tomatoes for a quick spaghetti sauce. It has a lot of uses and is really good!

“Fried” Sweet & Red Potatoes

  • 2 t olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 small red potatoes
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • salt, garlic powder, pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven for 400 degrees. Cut the potatoes and onions. Put them on a baking pan. 
  2. Drizzle the potatoes with the olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle potatoes with salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven.  Keep checking on them, they will be done when fork tender, or when they start to brown on the edges. 

My oven has a “speed bake” convection-ish option that helps circulate air in the oven, so mine are done around 20 minutes. With a regular oven it might be closer to 25 minutes.  These would also be awesome on the grill. Also, this is something I would double next time. The kids ate it up and I could have gone for more. With the low point value, it is definitely a side dish worth eating a double portion!

Servings – 4

Points per Serving: 1  (WW PointsPlus: 2)


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