Red Hot Sloppy Joes

My sister Hilary has been hard at work promoting her new book “Elixir.” She just came home from a multiple city book signing tour, and wrapped it up with a signing at The Grove here in Los Angeles. I had been promising her a home cooked meal, and one of our favorite things to eat as a kid were sloppy joes. So what better way to say “welcome home” than with a semi healthier version of a classic. By semi healthy, I mean made with lean ground turkey breast, instead of ground beef. Splenda brown sugar, instead of white sugar and of course low sodium everything. There doesn’t seem to be any way around the bun, but sometimes a girl deserves some bread.

What you need:

lean ground turkey breast

half a yellow onion -finely chopped
one large celery stalk -finely chopped
one carrot -peeled and finely chopped
two cloves of garlic -finely chopped
can of organic low sodium pinto beans

can of low sodium chicken broth
can of low sodium organic tomato sauce
2 tablespoon of worcestershire
3 tablespoons of splenda brown sugar
3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/4 a cup of franks red hot

a great hamburger bun, wheat buns work great
optional toppings: chopped cabbage, dill pickles, crispy onions (my favorite)

How to:
brown the turkey in a large skillet, season with salt and pepper
combine chicken broth, tomato sauce, worcestershire, brown sugar, vinegar, and red hot in a bowl
when turkey is half way cooked, add onion, celery, garlic and carrot
simmer 5-7 minutes
add your sauce, simmer on low-med for another 10-15 minutes

Place those buns under a broiler for about a minute. Grab those toppings and Enjoy. xo Haylie