The Lunch Bunch: Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe
  • February 4, 2015
  • asweatlife_lunch bunch_Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe

    I woke up this past Sunday morning to gorgeous white snowflakes falling quickly down onto a completely snow covered street. Walking to the store for a few last minute groceries, adoring the glittering trees and preparing for a snowball fight … little did I imagine that the blizzard of the year had just started!

    As the blizzard went down, I hope everyone had a warm, safe spot to watch the Super Bowl this past Sunday! Our power went out for a brief scare before we were expecting people over, but thankfully I already had this delicious childhood favorite cooking in the crockpot before our lights (and heat!) went out.

    I love to rework old family favorites. This healthy Sloppy Joe recipe combines extra lean beef and turkey to give a perfect combination of juiciness and texture. The salt content is greatly reduced by using ‘no salt added’ tomato sauce, which is 90% less sodium than the regular version. Another great improvement is the decreased sugar content. The only sweetener in these Sloppy Joes comes from the sugars in the tomato sauce and (optional) BBQ sauce. I only added 2 tablespoons, or one serving, of Lillie’s Q Smoky BBQ Sauce to the entire crockpot. This sweet, smoky flavor was the perfect end to the recipe! The nutritional value of these Sloppy Joes is way beyond the Manwich version my mom made when I was growing up … I loved them at the time, but still holding a slight grudge on that one, Mom.

    My Lunch Bunch for this week served two great purposes – it was a party staple for the Super Bowl and successful lunch recipe! I won’t be able to enjoy as many leftovers for lunch this week (I guess that means the recipe was a hit?!), but slow cooking saves valuable time for weekly meal prep and party planning. For lunch, try and mix this recipe up by serving over a bed of quinoa or wilted spinach (think of a chili bowl). You can even add pinto or red beans, adding fiber, to the Sloppy Joes and serve over brown rice with avocado for a Mexican style dish.

    This meal will satisfy any comfort food cravings while surviving the snowstorm of 2015. J Good luck and get shopping! That is if your car isn’t still buried in snow …

    Grab your printable lunch planning and prepping guide here.

    asweatlife The Lunch Bunch: Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe

    Grocery List:


    • 1 small yellow onion
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 jalapeno
    • 2 cloves garlic


    • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
    • 1 pound lean turkey breast


    • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce, no salt added
    • Tomato paste
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • Chili powder
    • BBQ sauce, optional
    • Cholula hot sauce, optional
    • Salt and pepper

    Optional add-ins:

    • Arugula salad – lemon & EVOO dressing
    • 1 can of red or pinto beans



    • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
    • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
    • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
    • 1 red pepper, finely diced
    • 1 jalapeño, minced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce, no salt added
    • 2 Tbsp. Tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp. Chili powder
    • ½ tsp. salt, to taste
    • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce, optional (Lillie’s Q Smoky BBQ Sauce)
    • 2 tsp. Cholula hot sauce, optional


    1. Brown the beef, turkey and onion in large (nonstick) skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat as it is cooking. Season with salt and pepper and add garlic. Pour the fat drippings out of the pan and discard.
    2. Transfer the meet mixture to slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. Combine well.
    3. Turn on heat to low for 2-3 hours and then warm until served.

    About Patty Duffey

    Patty is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach in the Chicago area. She is Ohio bred and received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics at Miami of Ohio, while continuing on the following year to complete her Dietetic Internship at Mount Carmel Hospitals in Columbus. Upon becoming an RD, Patty made the remarkable decision to work abroad in Australia for one year. She loved the active and healthy culture, and it seemed that most Aussies shared a common view that is was better to be proactive as opposed to reactive when it came to health and wellbeing. She knew that the health and fitness industry was exactly where she wanted to be. Since moving to Chicago three years ago, Patty has gained experience as a dietitian and nutrition coach at both Life Time Fitness and My Fit Foods. Her goal is to continue to build her health coaching skills as a nutrition entrepreneur. She currently works at Lululemon and loves working for a company where she can bring fitness and nutrition together in such an inspiring environment!

    2 thoughts on “The Lunch Bunch: Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe

    1. Erin's Inside Job

      Sounds great! I need to use my slow cooker more. I had a sloppy joe the other day but I wasn’t a huge fan. I still love Manwiches and will randomly have them for dinner sometimes. Thanks for the recipe!

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