Sloppy Toms

When I think of Sloppy Toms (the ground turkey version of a sloppy Joe) I can’t help thinking of the Adam Sandler song Lunch Lady Land!

I love Sloppy Joes and Sloppy Toms and wanted to create a recipe that reflected my eating habits.  That means using organic ketchup and not putting the meat on bread.  Unlike others, I don’t have fond memories of eating Sloppy Joes all that often as a child.  We didn’t EVER have canned Sloppy Joe meat like Manwich or anything like that (Thank you mom! And if my memory is not serving me correctly, please don’t tell me the truth!)

Since I choose not to eat gluten filled bread at the moment, Brian and I ate this deliciously sloppy meat over a mixture of sweet potatoes and cauliflower (note the orangey color of the mixture-kind of fun!).  It all worked well together-but feel free to serve this meat over buns of your choosing!

Sloppy Toms


20 oz. lean ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup canned tomato sauce
3 oz. tomato paste
½ c. organic ketchup (NO HFCS in this house!)
1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste


Spray a large nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray.  Cook ground turkey, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is cooked through. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, red wine vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire, paprika, salt and pepper, mix well. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until mixture has reached desired thickness.

Serve over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, mashed sweet potatoes, (or a combination of the previously mentioned), or hamburger buns.  Enjoy!


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