Sloppy Toms (Turkey Sloppy Joes) and a Weekly Menu
With football season in full swing, my mind has been wandering to tailgating favorites! Even though our weather has not been very fall-like until the last couple days, my thoughts have been on crockpots full of hearty meals to fill tummies up during the pregame festivities! An easy, classic, and crowd pleasing favorite at any tailgate is Sloppy Joes. I’ll often make a really large batch of Sloppy Joes for our family and then freeze the leftovers for a couple easy meals on busy weeknights. Recently, I found ground turkey on sale, which made it far more economical than ground beef, with the rising cost of beef lately. So I thought I would give my Sloppy Joe recipe a try with turkey. I called my Turkey Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Toms, which I found hilarious and my kids just stared as I explain, “You know – like Tom Turkey? Sloppy Toms?”
My recipe is based off the one from The Pioneer Woman, which can be found here. Then I’ve tweaked it a little to use my turkey and to suit my family!
Sloppy Toms (or Turkey Sloppy Joes)
- 2 pounds Ground Turkey
- 1/2 Yellow Onion, Diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 cups Ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
Cook the ground turkey and drain any fat. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic and cook a few minutes longer. Pour into a crock pot. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and salt & pepper. Stir everything well. Cook on low for anywhere from 4-8 hours. (in my opinion, the longer you cook, the more flavorful!) Serve on a hearty roll.
You can easily double or even triple this recipe, so you can feed a crowd or have leftovers to freeze for future meals. Also, if i have a little bit leftover I will often use it with hot dogs to make “chili dogs” or mix it with some shredded cheddar cheese and make a chip dip.
On to my menu! So I’m feeling in a bit of a meal rut lately. I think because the weather still says summer, but our schedule absolutely says fall. So I’m caught between not really wanting to make warm comfort food fall meals yet, when it is 80 degrees outside, but tired of all the summer fare I have been making for months. Add to it that more days than not I need something that can be ready within minutes of walking in the door since there are football practices and games to rush out to. So this week I have tried to mix it up a little, and am preparing a few things ahead of time so they will just need to be tossed in the oven when i get home during the week. I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding Big, Piggy in Polka Dots, Wednesday Extravaganza, Marvelous Mondays, and Wonderful Food Wednesday. Or check out and follow my Yummy board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my post on meal planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:
Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)
• Granola bars and yogurt
• Cream of Wheat or oatmeal
• Toast or English Muffins
• I tried these breakfast sliders last week in an effort to get Monkey to eat something before his 8 am school start time! The strawberry cream cheese with strawberries were not popular, but I made ones with peanut butter, bananas, and a few chocolate chips and he loved them. So these will probably be in our regular rotation now!
• Roo: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – School lunch; Friday – Sandwich
• Monkey: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – his very first school lunch!; Thursday – School lunch; Friday – Sandwich
• Me: Monday – leftovers; Tuesday – leftovers; Wednesday – work lunch; Thursday – leftovers; Friday – leftovers or Sandwich
• Monday – Chicken Pot Pie, salad
• Tuesday – Breakfast for dinner
• Wednesday – Chicken Tacos, chips & salsa
• Thursday – French Dip, fried, fruit
• Friday – Game night
• Saturday – Boys’ birthday party – leftover party food or pick up a pizza
• Sunday – Mac & Cheese, sausage, broccoli
What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!