Monday, July 22, 2013

Crock-Pot Sloppy Joe's

So here's a new twist to the All-American Dish... Sloppy Joe's!!!!  Have you ever tried cooking them in a crock-pot?!  Me neither!  Until now... =)  Sloppy Joe's are so easy to make, and they're every kid's favorite meal!  But if you want to turn your ordinary simple Sloppy Joe's into more of a gourmet dish, then give this recipe a try!!!  I've been testing out a few different ways to make semi-homemade Sloppy Joe's, ever since I discovered that my favorite brand - Manwich - is PACKED with that high fructose corn syrup crap! YUCK!  In an effort to remove that from our diet completely, I had to find alternatives.  So, I began buying the Sloppy Joe seasoning packets instead - making sure there were no hydrogenated ingredients included.  After my first attempt, by simply following the packet's instructions, the Joe's were tasty, but not as sweet as I had hoped.  After a few more tries, I have finally perfected the recipe - and have turned it into a crock-pot sensation!  Okay, enough with the chit chat - make it, try it, LOVE it!


Crock-Pot Sloppy Joe's

Original Recipe / Serves 4-6 [based on your sloppy preference ;-)]

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1-16oz can tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 c water
  • 1 packet sloppy joe seasoning
  • 1 TBSP molasses
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 100% whole wheat hamburger buns
Directions:
  1. Add onions, garlic, and ground turkey to skillet, and cook until brown.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together tomato paste, seasoning packet, water, and molasses, until well blended.
  3. Add browned turkey mixture, celery, and sloppy joe sauce to the crock-pot and stir.
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.
  6. Enjoy!


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