This is an awesome recipe, that you can trash up a little by topping homemade fries with some Sloppy Joe or put it on half a whole wheat English muffin and serve with a salad.
I love that all the ingredients in this recipe are real, wholesome ingredient and no mystery can product. Start out by sauteing a little pepper, onions, add turkey and garlic and cook until turkey is done. Adding the turkey to the peppers and onion, really helps flavor the turkey and starts breaking down the veggies.
Then add everything to the crock pot, along with tomato sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, tomato paste, some bread you mash with whatever kind of milk you have(this helps keep the meat moist), hot sauce, and chili powder. Then just let it cook away in the crock pot. If you have anyone in your family with texture issues, this is great, because the onion and pepper just become a part of the sauce and the picky eaters won’t even know it’s in there!
They are great on top of some home made fries, or on top a bun or English muffin, which I always have.
Healthy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
1 lb. turkey
1 TBSP olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 TBSP, tomato paste
2 TBSP. ketchup
1 tsp. brown sugar
a few dashes hot sauce
1 slice of whole wheat bread
2 TBSP. milk, whatever you have is fine, I used soy
In a large skillet add oil, peppers and onion, saute for 2 to 3 minutes, add turkey and mash up, cook through until turkey is no longer pink. Meanwhile, tear bread into tiny pieces and add milk, mash together with a fork. Add chili powder, tomato sauce, paste, ketchup, brown sugar and hot sauce to crock pot. Add bread mixture to turkey mixture, then add everything to crock pot. Stir everything together and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
Some days I just need comfort food and chicken nuggets are comfort food to me. Best part kids love them too, so everyone can eat the same thing. Seriously, life is just going too fast and I can’t get anything done, life slooooow down!
This recipe is seriously simple, but so flavorful, if the kids don’t go for the spicy barbecue dip, use this Honey Mustard Dressing, also awesome.
Cut your chicken into chunks (it’s easier to do if they are slightly frozen)
A couple of egg whites with a couple drops of hot sauce (it won’t make them hot, just pump up the flavor some), and in a separate bowl, add whole wheat panko bread crumbs, and Parmesan Cheese, sprinkle chicken chunks with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Then put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, on top of a cooling rack, and bake at 425 for 15 – 20 minutes. You don’t have to flip them, because the bake all around on the cooling rack and don’t get soggy, because any liquid falls on the parchment paper!
While their baking, chop a chipotle chili and add it to your favorite barbecue sauce ( I go with a reduced calorie sauce) and mix together. Let the mixture hang out while they bake, and seriously a great dipping sauce that everyone will enjoy.
Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Spicy BBQ Sauce
1 lb. chicken breast, cut into chunks
2 egg whites
3 to 4 drops of hot sauce
1 1/2 cups whole wheat Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup reduce calorie Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup reduce calorie Barbecue Sauce(I get Krafts)
1 to 2 chipotle chilies chopped
In a bowl, combine egg whites and hot sauce, in a separate bowl combine bread crumbs and cheese. Liberally sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder over chicken chunks, then dip them into the egg whites mixture, then in the bread crumbs and then put them on the cooling rack/baking sheet.
Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes. Combine barbecue sauce and chipotle chili. Enjoy!
They go great with these sweet potato fries!