Both my kids and my husband are huge fans of sloppy joes (okay, for the record, I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be joe or joes). As am I. But traditional sloppy joes are pretty loaded with sugar and fat. Especially if you use ground beef and ketchup, which is what most recipes call for…hello high fructose corn syrup!
I’ve made traditional sloppy joes before and managed to get it lighter, but wanted to try something a little different. I found a recipe in Real Simple that I decided to try – and lighten up – that had the basic sloppy joes components, with a twist. An Asian twist.
Say hello to Sweet & Sour Sloppy Joes! I modified the Real Simple Recipe by adding red bell pepper and hot pepper flakes, subbing honey for sugar and swapping ground beef for lean ground turkey. The result? A family pleasing, HEALTHY dinner. My kids, even my picky husband, gobbled it up.
You can serve this sandwich topped with some shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw for a little extra crunch and texture. I also added a side of raw sugar snap peas and it was a well rounded, super healthy meal.
And if this didn’t look good enough? It comes together in about twenty minutes. You’re welcome.