I have been making sloppy joes for years. It is one of those recipes that all my kids always ate. When they were little, I bought a cookbook called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry’s wife). The deception was that she put all of these pureed veggies into the recipes to get her kids to eat healthier. So, I never actually did that back then, but since I revamped dinner at our house, I do kind of do it all the time now. However, these sloppy joes are pretty much just meat and sauce. I always kept this cookbook, more for sentimental reasons, but I pulled it out to make these for an inspiration! They were delicious and this night everyone had seconds and Noah and Jeremy had thirds.
The Best Sloppy Joes Ever – inspired by Deceptively Delicious
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 hearty servings
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 tbsp. garlic infused olive oil or 1 tbsp. minced garlic and plain olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped or shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped onions or scallions
- 1/2 – 1 cup of beef or chicken broth (I usually use beef, but was out of it this time.)
- 1 – 1 1/2 cans of tomato paste (more if you need it)
- 3 – 4 tbsp. Worchestershire sauce (this isn’t technically paleo, but because it doesn’t call for too much, I let it go!)
- 1 tbsp. chilli powder
- 1 tsp. salt and pepper each
- Warm the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
- If you have the time, chop the carrots, celery and onion or scallion in the food processor. If you don’t, just chop them finely.
- Add the scallions and carrots and cook until softening.
- Add the meat and cook until it is no longer pink.
- Add broth, tomato paste, worchestershire sauce, chilli powder, salt and pepper.
- Stir well to combine.
- Simmer for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.
- You MUST taste the mixture before serving and adjust it for more seasoning (broth, chili powder, worchestershire sauce, tomato paste, oil, salt and pepper).
- If something has gone wrong, you can always make the joes thicker by adding tomato paste and thinner by adding broth or water.
- Serve immediately with mashed sweet potatoes, which are an awesome compliment to the meal!