Apple-Turkey Sloppy Joes

Try this healthier take on sloppy joes with this kid-approved recipe is sure to please. Using ground turkey instead of ground beef results in less saturated fat. The addition of bell pepper and applegives flavor and crunch, provides fiber, and bulks up the recipe with fewer calories.

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Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
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  1. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and apple to large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until turkey is browned, about 9 minutes.
  2. Stir tomato sauce, ketcup, mustard, and, if using, tarragon and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, until desired consistency, about 10 minutes. Add a little water if the mixture gets too thick. Serve on buns.

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