Healthier Sloppy Joes Recipe

Healthier Sloppy Joes Recipe

How To Make Healthier Sloppy Joes

Instead of fatty meats, these sloppy joes are made with lighter turkey meat and mixed in with some dates, carrots, and zucchini for a healthier twist.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Slaw:

  • 10ozcoleslaw mix
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • 2tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 2tspdijon mustard
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • 1tsppepper

For Sloppy Joe Mixture:

  • 1tbsphigh heat oil,of choice
  • 1mediumyellow onion,diced
  • 3garlics,minced
  • 1tspchilli powder
  • 1tspsweet paprika
  • 1tspdried thyme
  • 2tbsptomato
  • 3medjool dates,pitted and minced
  • 1lblean ground turkey
  • 1cuptomato sauce
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • 1tbspworcestershire sauce
  • 2mediumcarrots,shredded
  • 2zucchinis,shredded
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • 1tsppepper
  • 2dasheshot sauce,optional
  • 8buns of choice,toasted


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper. Toss well, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Heat the oil in a large, high-walled pan over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or until translucent.

  3. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika, thyme, tomato paste, and dates. Stir to combine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the tomato paste begins to brown.

  4. Add the turkey and sauté until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring throughout. Add the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

  5. Add the shredded carrots and zucchini and cook down into the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce, if using.

  6. Scoop the sloppy joe mixture onto toasted buns and top with the slaw.

  7. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 374.31kcal
  • Fat: 15.08g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.79g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.46g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.86g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.47g
  • Fiber: 4.48g
  • Sugar: 17.07g
  • Protein: 17.86g
  • Cholesterol: 40.54mg
  • Sodium: 652.67mg
  • Calcium: 147.72mg
  • Potassium: 673.80mg
  • Iron: 3.44mg
  • Vitamin A: 174.54µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.14mg
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