My Go-To Busy Night Dinner…Turkey Sloppy Joes (John’s FAVE!)

_RKP6326Happy winter to you all! First of all, HUGE thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to my previous post. Your responses were overwhelming; beautiful, inspiring, funny and touching. I love you guys, my amazing readers, for all your continued support over the years toward this blog. As promised, a winner was picked randomly and will be sent Cybele Pascal’s new book! Stay tuned for another giveaway, this time for MY book..which will be out in just under two weeks…Feb. 5th! I can’t believe the time is finally here! So excited to share this latest book with you guys and hope you enjoy it as much as the baking book.

Speaking of my new book, here is one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes from The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals that is kid friendly and easy to make; Turkey Sloppy Joes. I should have really called them Sloppy Johnnies because it’s John’s all time favorite meal, and one that he has requested as his birthday dinner for years. It’s also full of finely chopped veggies, which I love because my little guy Michael despises veggies in any form, so this is my sneaky way of getting the good stuff into him without him knowing. 😉

Thanks so much everyone and Happy Cooking!!



Serves 6

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 small yellow onion, finely diced

½ green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

½ red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

1 carrot, peeled and finely diced

1 small garlic clove, finely diced

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 ½ pounds ground turkey (dark meat)

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (omit if

 you have a soy allergy)

6 allergen-friendly hamburger buns, light toasted in 300 degree oven for a few minutes if desired.

In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat and add onion, bell peppers, celery, carrot, garlic salt and pepper until vegetables are softened and onion and is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and cooked through, about 7-9 minutes.

Add brown sugar, dry mustard, tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce to vegetable and turkey mixture. Stir well and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Serve on toasted allergen friendly buns.

FREEZER TIP: Mixture can be frozen up to two months in either a resealable plastic freezer bag or container. Reheat over medium low on stove top.


16 Responses

  1. Love homemade sloppies! Can wait to try yours! Just a note that those with fish allergies should check on the Worcestershire sauce, too. There is a vegan version that contains no fish. Can’t wait for the new book!

  2. Yes! Absolutely if you have a fish or soy allergy..simply omit. As with my first book, my family meals book is labeled Dairy, Egg, Legume and Nut Free because these are the allergens that my kitchen is free of due to allergies. 99 percent of my recipes in this new book can be adapted to suit your family’s individual allergy concerns by using GF Flour, or simply omitting certain ingredients. My book is not marketed as free of the 8 common allergens, but as you’ll see with my recipes….everything can be worked to your family’s needs. Happy Cooking!!! xo

  3. I’m really excited to try these!!! They sound delicious. I too will have to omit the Worcestershire sauce due to a fish allergy however I learned something new thanks to one of your prior responses, a Worcestershire sauce out there exists without the fish ingredient :). I’m really, REALLY looking forward to your new cookbook and continue to make delicious family favorite desserts out of your baking cookbook!!! Thank you for your continued commitment, hard work and dedication :). Best wishes with the release of your new book!!

  4. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I already ordered your new book through Amazon. Feb 5th come fast! 🙂

  5. I cannot wait for your new book to come out!! I have your baking book and love it. I turned a few of my allergy mom friends onto and they love it also!!!
    I am new to the gluten allergy and am happy to hear that your recipes can be easily adapted for those needs! We have 8 allergens all together between two boys. They share a milk allergy. But I absolutely LOVE trying new recipes 🙂

  6. Cooking this recipe and leaving a comment!! Thank you for coming into our life! Ordered your baking book and have tried a few recipes for our 14 month old. Tonight will be trying Sloppy Joe’s and pre ordered your new book. Can’t wait for dinner!

  7. I preordered your book from Barnes and noble and they’re already shipping it! I got my copy in the mail yesterday. I can’t wait to try your new recipes!

  8. So excited for you new book!! Your baking book was the big game-changer for me, and let me know that cooking without dairy, eggs or nuts was not only possible, it was DELECTABLE. You are a saint!
    Can’t wait to try the Sloppy Joe’s this week, which I am sure will be a success like all your other recipes! Thank you!

  9. These sound delicious! Yesterday I made corn muffins from your baking book and they were better than any I have made with eggs in them. Thank you! Can’t wait to receive your new book.

  10. I am trying to change over all of my cooking to allergy friendly meals for our 16 mth old dairy, egg, and nut allergic son, but it can be hard to win over three older sisters and my husband to the change. Your recipes have been so helpful, and this one is the best. I made two full batches and everyone still fought over the last of the leftovers! Thank you…I got your new cookbook the day it was released and the only trouble is figuring out which recipes to try first!!

  11. These are PERFECT! I threw all of the vegetable right into my food processor, even the garlic, salt&pepper. I cannot believe how easy these are to make. My husband isn’t easy to please and he ate the leftovers for breakfast! And, requested, “don’t change anything..” thanks for a great one!

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  13. What kind of turkey do you use? I have never heard or seen dark turkey? I use the Honey Suckle Turkey 85/15. Would that be just as good to use or is it important to use Dark Turkey?

  14. I just made these last night and they were so delicious. Everyone loved them!!! This is a keeper recipe.