Turkey-Veggie “Sloppy Joes”

I found this recipe and loved the idea of making a dish that makes my stomach hurt just thinking about into a fiber-packed meal while not sacrificing flavor.  I was never a fan of the original sloppy joe, but I hope those that are find this version just as satisfying!

Turkey-Veggie “Sloppy Joes”– very slightly adapted from chocolate broccoli

1 large Vidalia onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, drained and squeezed dry
1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can low-sodium fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 large zucchini, grated
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
3/4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
8 whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. In a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil or medium high heat. Add in onion and spinach, saute until onion is just softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. Crumble in turkey, garlic, and tomato paste- stirring to combine. Heat for 2-3 minutes so turkey begins to cook.
  3. Next, stir in crushed tomatoes, grated zucchini, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bring to a low boil; cover and reduce heat- simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Spoon 3/4 cup turkey mixture onto each bun half; top with 2 tablespoons cheese.

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